Dale Steyn who retired from Test cricket a while back will try his T20 luck with BBL this time. Stey signed for the Melbourne Stars for a short stint in the upcoming Big Bash League.
After retiring from Test cricket Dale Steyn tried to focus on the limited-overs cricket. But hampered by injury, he missed out on playing the ICC World Cup 2019. It was a shoulder injury that forced him to leave the mega tournament but international honours remain his goal. With the shorter formats of the game, he still sees a chance of representing the country especially with the T20 World Cup scheduled for 2020 in Australia. As he wants to be completely fit for the same he went for a contract with the BBL franchise, Melbourne Stars. He would be featured in the first six games as cleared by the Cricket South Africa.
While talking about the venture, Steyn said he earlier did not get opportunity to play BBL because of his national duty but always wished for the same. “It’s something that I’ve wanted to do for a while, play Big Bash,” Steyn said. “Unfortunately representing the Proteas for the bulk of my career over Christmas time we’ve always got Test matches on, the Boxing Day and New Year’s Test matches. So I haven’t been available. But since retiring from Test cricket, it’s opened up a little window for me while the Proteas play red-ball cricket.”
He added, “They’re pretty tight on not allowing players to go and play in the Big Bash, but knowing that I’m not available for the Tests, wanting to keep me fit, and also having one eye on the Twenty20 World Cup at the backend of next year, they probably felt like it was a good call. Which is great because it keeps me in the running for that World Cup. If I can go over to Australia and get some more experience in those conditions, that could be beneficial.”
But his involvement in the competition will be limited as South Africa might need Steyn for preparation ahead of the series against England. South Africa’s next ODI is February 4 against England with the T20Is starting on February 12. Steyn is hopeful to get selected for the men’s T20 World Cup and this looks like a good opportunity to get some practice. “It all depends on selection, but right now I am available for South Africa so I have to kind of wait for that selection to happen,” Steyn said. “I guess it’s maybe one of the reasons why Cricket South Africa has let me go, to be honest.