South Africa’s premier pacer Dale Steyn has signed for Melbourne Stars for the first six games of this year’s Big Bash League. Pace bowler has followed his former colleague AB De Villiers and signed up for his maiden season in the Big Bash League. The 36-year old can extend might extend his stay in the competition if South African selectors do not include him in the ODI squad for the home series against England.
After 2019 Cricket World Cup, Dale Steyn decided to retire from Test cricket in order to focus on his white-ball career. He will be available for South Africa in the ODI and T20I format. For home one-day series against England, Steyn will be available for selection. Steyn is all set to return to South Africa after playing his final Big Bash League game on 4th January.
Dale Steyn clearly stated that playing for South Africa is his number priority and he will be trying his best to get into the side for the coming home series against England. If he does not get the opportunity to play for South Africa, Steyn said that he will play competitive cricket across the globe.
The right-arm quick has not played any form of competitive cricket since suffering from a shoulder injury in March during the Indian Premier League. He was ruled out of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. As a centrally contracted player, Dale Steyn had to get NOC (No Objection Certificate) from Cricket South Africa (CSA) to play in this year’s Big Bash League.
He said that playing in this year’s Big Bash League will be a valuable experience for him and he will be desperate to win silverware for South Africa in the 2020 T20 World Cup that will be played next year. He further stated that he will need to focus on his fitness in order to play as many games as possible before T20 World Cup.