Mohali: Dale Steyn does not want the stand-off between the BCCI and CSA to result in a curtailed series between India and South Africa later this year, as the speedster says the two teams share a “great cricketing rivalry.”
“It would be quite nice if India come to South Africa. There has always been a great rivalry between the two sides,” said Steyn, on Monday.
The BCCI’s decision to invite the West Indies to tour India in November effectively means the schedule for India’s tour to South Africa will have to be shortened.
A final decision in this regard will only be taken after the BCCI’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Chennai on September 29. The BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel and CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat had a meeting on the sidelines of the ICC’s chief executives conclave in Dubai, but the discussions failed to break the deadlock.
Steyn said he is eagerly waiting for his duel with India’s new batting sensation Shikhar Dhawan when Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Co. tour South Africa for Tests and ODIs.
“Shikhar is in some good form right now. It will be nice to have that contest especially now that I know him well.
“It will be a great battle between good friends as well as strength and strength because he is batting really well at the moment,” Steyn said of his Sunrisers Hyderabad teammate.
Coming back from an injury, Steyn is working hard to get back to shape ahead of South Africa’s domestic season.
“I haven’t played for a while or done gym work. But otherwise, I am not really conservative in my approach. I am not afraid of getting injured again. I’ve just got to remember that probably it’s just a little bit of stiffness that has crept in,” he said.
The ongoing Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) is Steyn’s first competitive outing since he picked up a side strain and groin injury during the Champions Trophy in England during mid June.