Recently, the South African national selectors have faced backlashes due to not including Dale Steyn in the T20I squad for their upcoming tour in India. Now, the Cricket South Africa (CSA) has clarified the reason why Steyn is not in this T20I squad.
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The 36-year-old right-arm fast bowler Dale Steyn is one of the greatest pacers in international cricket history. Early this month, Steyn announced his retirement from the Test cricket to concentrate in the limited-overs format.
Although Steyn was in the South African squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, he missed out the entire tournament after failing to regain his fitness on time. So, many cricket fans were excited to see him in the upcoming T20I series against the hosts India.
In the upcoming tour of India, South Africa will play a three-match T20I series and three-match Test series against India. The T20I series will run from 15th September to 22nd September.
On last Tuesday (13th August), the CSA has announced the T20I and Test squads for the India tour. However, many fans felt shocked after not seeing Steyn in the T20I squad.
Later, Neil Manthorp claimed on his Twitter account that “Chris Morris did not make himself available for selection.”
Soon, Steyn replied on that, “I did… Obviously lost my number in the reshuffling of the coaching staff.” Many media reports believe that it was an indirect dig at the selectors.
I did… Obviously lost my number in the reshuffling of coaching staff.
— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) August 13, 2019
Later, Manthorp also posted, “The new selectors are obviously saving you for the ‘big’ games. (Who are the new selectors?)”. Steyn once again wrote, “Apologies to Virat and a billion people for thinking they not.”
The new selectors are obviously saving you for the 'big' games. (Who are the new selectors?) https://t.co/NlNGCjHcAO
— Neil Manthorp (@NeilManthorp) August 13, 2019
Dale Steyn is not yet medically ready – CSA acting director
Now, the CSA has revealed the reason why the selectors haven’t included Steyn in the T20I squad. The CSA has claimed that Steyn isn’t medically ready for this tour.
CSA’s acting director of cricket Corrie van Zyl said, “He is not yet medically ready and our information makes that very clear.”
Wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock will lead the South African T20I squad in the upcoming India tour. Rassie van der Dussen will play the vice-captain role in this series. Meanwhile, Faf du Plessis will continue his captaincy in the Test series of this India tour. Also, Temba Bavuma will play the deputy captain role of this Test side during this tour.