BBL news: Dale Steyn signs up to play for Melbourne Stars

The South African fast bowler will play six matches in his debut BBL season.

Dale Steyn is still part of South Africa’s scheme of things in white-ball cricket.   -  AP

South African fast bowler Dale Steyn on Tuesday signed up to play for Melbourne Stars in the upcoming season of the Big Bash League.

Steyn will play six matches in what will be his debut season in the Australian Twenty20 league.

“It’s something that I’ve wanted to do for a while, play Big Bash,” Steyn was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “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.”

Steyn will thus join compatriots AB de Villiers and Chris Morris in the league. While de Villiers signed up with Brisbane Heat, Morris will turn up for Sydney Thunder.

Steyn is still part of South Africa’s scheme of things in limited-overs cricket. He was, however, not included in the team that toured India as the selectors decided he wasn’t medically ready.