Recently, former South African batting legend AB de Villiers signed up with Brisbane Heat for the upcoming Big Bash League (BBL) season 2019-20 and now his former teammate Dale Steyn has also followed him. Steyn will be playing in this year’s BBL for Melbourne Stars. The veteran South African fast bowler recently announced his retirement from Test cricket in order to focus on the limited-overs formats.
Steyn is presently available to play in the BBL until January 4 as he will be in contention for the home limited-overs series against England. In case the selectors don’t select him in the squad, Steyn can extend his stay with the BBL franchise.
"I don't think we can rule out that. Obviously the first prize is always to play for your country. Representing South Africa is the only thing I've ever done for my whole career so far ... so to get back into that team is prize number one,” quoted Dale Steyn.
"But if that doesn't happen, I still want to be playing cricket. I don't want to be sitting in South Africa not doing anything. So if there's a window and a chance that I could go back over and play for the Stars, that can be open to discussion. It certainly can happen. But we've got to wait for the Proteas selection decision, and we can take it from there," he added.
Steyn would have to obtain No Objection Certificate from the Cricket South Africa (CSA) in order to participate in the forthcoming BBL season. He stated that the board is pretty strict with regards to players’ participation in the overseas leagues. However, in Steyn’s case, the process would be much easier as he is no longer available for the longest format of the game.
"They're (normally) 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,” the fast bowler entailed.
"Which is great because it keeps me in the running for that World Cup. Winning a World Cup medal with your country would be a big highlight. If I can go over to Australia and get some more experience in those conditions... that could be beneficial," Steyn concluded.