South Africa’s Dale Steyn signs for Euro T20 Slam competition

South Africa’s premier bowler Dale Steyn has signed for the inaugural Euro T20 Slam despite being sidelined from ICC Cricket World Cup due to a shoulder injury.

The 36-year old has joined the league as a marquee player, joining a host of illustrious players in the Europe-based tournament. The competition will be co-hosted by Scotland, Ireland and Netherlands. Six franchises will fight it out for the coveted trophy.

Steyn will join the likes of JP Duminy and Imran Tahir as marquee options for their respective franchises. Eoin Morgan, Shahid Afridi, Shane Watson, Rashid Khan and Brendon McCullum are declared as five icon players for the inaugural league.

Other notable names are Pakistan’s premier batsman Babar Azam, Australia T20 Megastar Chris Lynn and Former New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman Luke Ronchi. The competition is slated to begin from 30th August with the final being played at Malahide in Ireland.

The new tournament has garnered great response from players across the globe. McCullum, Lynn and Watson are certainly big names that will help promote the game of cricket on countries like Netherlands, Ireland and Scotland. Many of them have decided to take part in the Euro T20 Slam instead of Caribbean Premier League, which is scheduled to be played in the month of August.

Dale Steyn will make a return to Europe after being ruled out of the Cricket World Cup due to a shoulder injury. He was replaced by left-arm medium pacer Beuran Hendricks in the South Africa’s 15-man squad for ICC Cricket World Cup.

Earlier this year, Dale Steyn made limited appearances for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League. He replaced injured Nathan Coulter-Nile in the squad for the competition. However, after two matches, he was ruled out of the competition citing shoulder inflammation. He was then effectively ruled out of Cricket World Cup after failing to recover from the shoulder injury sustained during the Indian Premier League.

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