South African pace spearhead Dale Steyn will play for Multiply Titans in the 2017-18 domestic season, thus ending his seven-year association with Cape Cobras. In his bid to make a comeback to international cricket, Steyn has opted to return to the franchise where he began his professional career in 2003-04.
“It was an easy decision for me,” Steyn said on Friday (August 18). “The luxury of playing for South Africa is that you get to nominate which franchise you want to play for.
“The Titans laid down the platform for where I am now. I think the most important thing that I learnt at the Titans were the basics and it is something I still go back to every time I play international cricket. It was a great place to start playing cricket and it’s going to be a great place to go back to.”
The 34-year-old has been sidelined ever since he sustained a shoulder injury last year in Australia and will be keen to return to the setup for South Africa’s busy home season where they will be hosting Bangladesh, India and Australia.
Steyn will be reunited with his former South African teammate Mark Boucher, who is currently the head coach of the franchise. Boucher was delighted with the recruit and is hopeful of bringing the best out of the veteran fast bowler. “The experience he’ll bring to the side will provide the youngsters the opportunity to learn from him,” Boucher said.
“I want to get the best out of him, not only for himself but if Dale is playing good cricket then South African cricket is in good a position. If we can give him an opportunity to show case his skill and hopefully try work his way back into the Protea side then that will be great.”