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Potential national call-up puts Steyn’s PSL in doubt
PSL 2020

Potential national call-up puts Steyn’s PSL in doubt

It is hard to ignore the prowess of the South African paceman Dale Steyn who possesses a spectacular record in all the three forms of the game. This is evident from the fact that the 36-year old has picked 439, 196 and 61 wickets in Tests, ODI and T20I respectively. In addition to this, he is always in high demand as far as franchise cricket is concerned.

Impressed by his expertise, Islamabad United decided to snap up Steyn’s services for the forthcoming edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). However, the recent news has jolted the two-time PSL champions as the fearsome pacer might miss a major part of Pakistan's darling T20 competition. This is so because Steyn is likely to be picked in both the ODI and T20I units against Australia. Not only that, South Africa's packed schedule, encompassing battles against Australia, India and New Zealand, combined with Steyn's injury prone body exacerbates the situation.

If he gets selected, then Islamabad will lose the leader of their pace attack. Moreover, the absence of veteran cricketer and their skipper for PSL 4 Mohammad Sami will present them a strong challenge to counter. Reviewing the availability of players, New Zealand's Mitchell McClenaghan comes across as a specialist potential pacer to fill the shoes of Steyn, which isn't going to be an easy job at all.