Steyn pulls out of IPL 2021, will play other leagues
Pace spearhead Dale Steyn has opted out of the upcoming edition of Indian Premier League (IPL). The 37-year-old made the announcement on Twitter, making himself unavailable for the tournament's 2021 season. Steyn also clarified that he doesn't intend to play for any other franchise, while his motive is to get some time away from cricket. Here is more.
'I am not retired', says Steyn
Steyn confirmed the development on Twitter, stating he "hasn't retired" from the game. "Just a short message to let everyone know that I've made myself unavailable for RCB at this years IPL, I'm also not planning on playing for another team, just taking some time off during that period," his tweet read. "Thank you to RCB for understanding. No, I'm not retired."
'Will be playing in other leagues'
Although Steyn would be playing in other global leagues, he aims to plan his stints accordingly. "I will be playing in other leagues, nicely spaced out to give myself a opportunity to do something's I've been excited about as well as continue to play the game I love so much. NO, I'm NOT retired. Here's to a great 2021," he added.
Here is what Steyn tweeted
Cricket tweet 🏏— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) January 2, 2021
Just a short message to let everyone know that I’ve made myself unavailable for RCB at this years IPL, I’m also not planning on playing for another team, just taking some time off during that period.
Thank you to RCB for understanding.
No I’m not retired. 🤙
Steyn had an indifferent IPL season
Steyn had a forgettable outing in the IPL 2020, wherein he represented the Royal Challengers Bangalore. He featured in only three games, having picked up a solitary wicket. Moreover, he conceded 133 runs at an economy of over 11. Steyn, who has played for four franchises (Deccan Chargers, Gujarat Lions, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers Bangalore), owns 97 scalps from 95 IPL matches at 25.85.
He retired from Test cricket in 2019
One of the greatest fast bowlers, Steyn, announced retirement from Test cricket in 2019. Although he continued to play white-ball cricket, fitness issues mowed down his international stints. Recently, he was left out of South Africa's limited-overs squad for England series.
Steyn recently competed in the Lanka Premier League
Even though he fell out favor with the Proteas selectors, Steyn continued to play in the global T20 leagues. He recently represented the Kandy Tuskers in the 2020 Lanka Premier League, wherein he managed to play only two games. Steyn also featured in the Big Bash League last season, however, he decided to opt out of the tournament this year.