South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn is likely to join Melbourne Stars for the upcoming edition of the Big Bash League (BBL). Steyn has shown a keen interest in featuring in the upcoming frachise-based competition in Australia.
The 36-year-old Proteas cricketer recently announced his retirement from Test cricket. Steyn said that decision came to prolong his career in the limited-overs cricket. However, Cricket South Africa (CSA) surprisingly omitted him from three-match T20I squad against India starting from September 15.
As per reports in the Age, Melbourne Stars are in negotiation with Dale Steyn before finalising the contract. However, his participation in the Bangladesh Premier League due to lucrative salary might play a part in him playing in the BBL.
Steyn will miss a major part of the competition if Stars decides to rope in the veteran pacer. Despite that, Steyn has expressed his desire to be a part of the final six games of the BBL with the Melbourne Stars. This year’s BBL will run from December 17 to February 8 – one week shorter than last season.
The franchise-based in BBL have leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane as one import but still have one vacancy to fill, replacing West Indian Dwayne Bravo. They are now pondering to fill that spot with Dale Steyn.
Meanwhile, Steyn will have no international commitments until January when CSA might call him for the ODI series against England. But with no guarantee over his place, the fast bowler is keen to sign a deal with the BBL franchise. Moreover, Steyn’s inclusion will also be a massive marketing boost for the BBL and host broadcaster considering his craze across the globe.
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