Dale Steyn, omitted from the Proteas team for the triangular one-day series in June, will move to Glamorgan for seven matches in the NatWest Blast T20 series.
He will be available the moment his commitment to the Gujarat Lions is concluded, but at least he will arrive fresh: he has been used just once in the IPL series. The Lions, though, are in line for a playoff place and Steyn could be delayed until Glamorgan’s second Natwest Blast match, on June 1, when he will join his old teammate Jacques Rudolph.
‘Dale’s standing in the international game is testament to the talent and consistency that he continues to display in all formats and we look forward to welcoming him to our club,’said Glamorgan Chief Executive Hugh Morris.. ‘The opportunity to sign a player of this calibre was one that we had to take and we can’t wait for him to wear a Glamorgan shirt.’
Steyn’s international record includes 58 wickets in 42 T20 Internationals at an economy rate of 6.68. Steyn should feel at home, for he will come up against the likes of Kagiso Rabada (Kent), Ryan McLaren (Hampshire), Rory Kleinveldt (Northants), Chris Morris (Surrey) and Kyle Abbott (Worcestershire).
Immediately after that, he moves over to the Caribbean Premier League, where he will turn out for Jamaica Tullawahs, meeting Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, David Miller and Morne Morkel.
‘I know that Jacques and the rest of the team have set an initial target of qualifying for the quarter-finals and I will do all that I can to give the team the best possible start,’ he said. ‘It’s also a valuable opportunity to get some overs under the belt in the lead up to the SA Test series in a controlled T20 environment.’
Steyn will be followed by Shaun Tait who will spearhead the Glamorgan attack for the second half of the NatWest T20 Blast campaign.