Steyn has not played for South Africa since his injury © Getty Images
Steyn has not played for South Africa since his injury © Getty Images

While many of Dale Steyn’s fans hoped to see him donning the whites Bangladesh travel to South Africa, the pacer hints at that being more of a distant dream. Steyn, who has not played for the national side since his injury in the first Test against Australia in 2016, now opts out of Sunfoil Series, South Africa’s domestic 4-Day tournament. Going by his comments on why he opted out of the tournament, it seems highly possible that the paceman is considering a prolonged career in limited-overs cricket than the gruelling schedule of the longest format of cricket. READ: Faf du Plessis hopeful of Dale Steyn’s return in Test cricket

“I’ve decided not to play right now. I’m bowling fine but I haven’t hit the full workload I’d need to handle four-day cricket or a Test so I decided it was best not to play. Playing the four-day game would have given me a chance for selection in the Tests but I don’t want to put myself or the team in a position where I pull up again. Some shorter cricket might be the better answer for a reintroduction,” Steyn was quoted in a report from ESPNCricinfo.

The recovery period for Steyn’s broken shoulder is long and that is frustrating the bowler. “I might just play some club stuff in Pretoria or Cape Town. It doesn’t really matter to me at what level it is, I just need some cricket and I thought going from nothing to possibly bowling 30+ overs was a bit of a risk. It sucks, but I want to play for a few more years, not just till then end of October. It’s been a frustrating time, but I want to play for a few more years and I’m confident I will. The longer stuff is too much right now, so we wait for possibly the white ball to come around.”

Steyn has been signed by Cape Town Knight Riders and despite the uncertainties due to his injury, coach Jacques Kallis is hopeful of having him around for the inaugural season of Global T20 League.

“Having chosen him for the Knight Riders, I’ve kept a close eye on him. I was under a little bit of pressure from the owners asking ‘Are you sure?’ He’s busy bowling seven overs a day at the moment, and doesn’t want to go into a four day game upfront. He’s worried about bowling 18 overs in a day, so I think he just wants to ease into it a little bit more and make sure he’s 100% fit,” Kallis said in an event.

“It’s a very mature decision he’s made and I think he will still have a massive impact this season. When he’s fully fit he’s as dangerous as any bowler in the world and he will be 100% at some stage. I know he’s as hungry as ever, he’s hungry to achieve and he will normally always find a way to do that,” the legendary all-rounder concluded.