Dale Steyn has pulled out of the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as he seeks some time away from the sport during that period.
The Proteas quick was signed by Royal Challengers Bangalore for IPL 2020, which was staged in the UAE due to the Covid-19 surge in India.
Steyn played only three matches for the Virat Kohli-captained RCB over the course of the 13th season and picked up just one wicket as the team finished fourth on the points table.
The 37-year-old veteran seam bowler is considered to be one of the greatest pacemen to play the game as he is South Africa's leading Test wicket-taker.
He quit the longest format in 2019 in order to prolong his limited-overs career, frequently mentioning his intentions to don the national jersey in white-ball cricket.
“Just a short message to let everyone know that I’ve made myself unavailable for RCB at this year’s IPL,” he announced on Twitter.
“I’m also not planning on playing for another team, just taking some time off during that period. Thank you to RCB for understanding.”
I will be playing in other leagues, nicely spaced out to give myself a opportunity to do something’s I’ve been excited about as well as continue to play the game I love so much.— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) January 2, 2021
NO, I’m NOT retired. ??
Here’s to a great 2021 ??
“I will be playing in other leagues, nicely spaced out to give myself an opportunity to do some thing’s I’ve been excited about as well as continue to play the game I love so much. NO, I’m NOT retired,” he added in another tweet.
Steyn was most recently in action during the Lanka Premier League (LPL), where he played two matches for the bottom-placed Kandy Tuskers.
His last international appearance came against Australia in February 2020 before the coronavirus shutdown forced a long break for South African cricket.