The runners-up of Big Bash League 2018-19 Melbourne Stars have signed South African gun fast bowler Dale Steyn for six matches for the initial stage of the league. In fact, it was a long time since Steyn was on the radar of the franchise. Thus, Steyn will join his Proteas teammate AB de Villiers and Chris Morris in the Big Bash League.
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Meanwhile, Dale Steyn will join Nepal prodigy spinner Sandeep Lamichanne as the second overseas player of the team. On the other hand, AB de Villiers will play for Brisbane Heat whereas Chris Morris will be seen in action while playing for Sydney Thunder.
Steyn is looking forward to playing for Stars.
Dale Steyn had hung his boots from the red ball version in August and he is now going to focus on the white ball format. Steyn had also missed the ICC World Cup 2019 due to injury. In fact, Steyn was not included for the recently concluded T20I series against India. The selectors stated that the ace paceman was not fit but Steyn thought otherwise.
Steyn said he wanted to play in the Big Bash League and he is looking forward to playing in the league with all the excitement.
“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.”
Meanwhile, Dale Steyn hasn’t played any format since he was ruled out of the Indian Premier League. Thus, the talismanic bowler will like to make a stunning comeback.
Steyn is currently preparing to play for Cape Town Blitz in the Mzansi Super League, which begins in November.
On the other hand, Melbourne Stars will begin their BBL campaign against Brisbane Heat on December 20 at Gold Coast. Steyn will be available for the opening fixture whereas AB de Villiers will join Brisbane Heat in the second week of January.