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Steyn apologises to Kohli after being ignored for T20 series

Steyn apologises to Kohli after being ignored for T20 series

Cricket South Africa says Dale Steyn is left out of the T20I squad for the India series because he is not medically fit.

Johannesburg: South Africa speedster Dale Steyn has expressed disappointment after the selection committee did not name him in the T20 international squad for their upcoming tour to India.

On Tuesday, Cricket South Africa (CSA) had announced the Test and T20I squad for the series with Temba Bavuma, Bjorn Fortuin and Anrich Nortje finding a place while Steyn was dropped.

Steyn took to Twitter to show his frustration and while replying to a tweet, Steyn said that the CSA selectors may have missed his number despite the pacer making himself available for selection.

“I did… Obviously lost my number in the reshuffling of the coaching staff,” the 36-year-old wrote.

When a fan said: “The new selectors are obviously saving you for the ‘big’ games. (Who are the new selectors?)”.

The pacer replied: “Apologies to Virat and a billion people for thinking they not (sic).”

Earlier, announcing his retirement from the longest format of the game, Steyn had said that he finds ‘Test Cricket’ to be the “best version of the game”.

“Today, I walk away from a format of the game I love so much. In my opinion Test cricket is the best version of this game,” Steyn had said.

Meanwhile, CSA have issued a statement wherein they have mentioned that Steyn was not medically fit as per the report they had and that was the reason for his exclusion from the T20I squad.

“He is not yet medically ready and our information makes that very clear,” CSA’s acting director of cricket Corrie van Zyl.

Van Zyl also added that Vernon Philander (hamstring) and Theunis de Bruyn (back) are expected to be fit in time for the three-Test series against India in October. “Both are on track, but they will have to play one match before the tour to prove that they are fully fit,” Van Zyl said.

Indo-Asian News Service