Steyn signs for Kandy Tuskers in LPL
South African legendary fast bowler Dale Steyn has signed for Kandy Tuskers in the inaugural Lankan Premier League 2020.
Steyn confirmed the deal on his official Twitter account saying, “See you soon Sri Lanka. I’ll be joining up with my team Kandy Tuskers later this week Should be fun to see old friends and compete in some good cricket!”
See you soon Sri Lanka 🇱🇰
I’ll be joining up with my team @KandyTuskers later this week
Should be fun to see old friends and compete in some good cricket! 🤙
— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) November 22, 2020
Steyn is likely to miss the opening matches for Kandy due to quarantine in Sri Lanka. However, the team management is working on Steyn’s eligibility to play the earlier games.
“We will assess when he can start playing after he arrives. We’ll have to talk to the health authorities before we make a final call,” Tuskers coach Farveez Maharoof said.
Earlier, overseas players Chris Gayle, Liam Plunkett and Wahab Riaz pulled themselves out of the tournament from Kandy Tuskers squad. Later Pakistani pacer Sohail Tanvir, who came as a replacement, had to isolate from the squad after testing COVID-19 positive in Sri Lanka.
Steyn’s team’s squad includes Indian duo Munaf Patel and Irfan Pathan as well as two Afghans Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Naveen-ul-Haq. Zimbabwean veteran Brendan Taylor was called in as Gayle’s replacement.
Kandy Tuskers will meet Colombo Kings in the opening match on November 26.
Kandy Tuskers squad: Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Nuwan Pradeep, Seekkuge Prasanna, Asela Gunaratne, Naveen-ul-Haq, Kamindu Mendis, Dilruwan Perera, Priyamal Perera, Kavishka Anjula, Lasith Embuldeniya, Lahiru Samarakoon, Nishan Madushka, Chamikara Edirisinghe, Ishan Jayaratne, Irfan Pathan, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Brendan Taylor, Munaf Patel, Dale Steyn