South African fast bowler Dale Steyn, who has been missing from action due to his shoulder injury, is set to make a return to the cricket field. He has been included in the draft for the Global T20 League, organized by Cricket South Africa (CSA).
A total of 35 South African cricketers have been included in the draft that will go under the hammer during the auction on Saturday and Sunday in Cape Town. Morne Morel, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lungi Ngidi, Chris Morris, Albie Morkel, Farhaan Behardien, Henry Davids, Wayne Parnell, Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi are some of the notable names in the list.
The League will feature 8 teams and each of them has been assigned a marquee player. South African skipper Faf du Plessis will play for Stellenbosch, AB de Villiers for Pretoria, stumper Quinton de Kock for Benoni, Hashim Amla for Durban, fast bowling sensation Kagiso Rabada for Johannesburg, middle order batsman JP Duminy for Cape Town, T20 specialist David Miller for Bloemfontein and leg spinner Imran Tahir for Port Elizabeth.
CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat is very excited about the league and said, “The list of South African players shows what a vast pool of talent this country has.”
“I believe there are not many countries that can boast such a high-quality group of cricketers as we are blessed with. There are more than 30 players that have represented the Proteas, with many others that have played cricket for South Africa through the age group levels, and these on their own will be tempting options at the draft.”
“Add to that the up-and-coming players, as well as the foreign players that are available and it all, makes for a very exciting cricket weekend. I am sure the coaches and owners will have plenty to do over the next few days,” added Lorgat.