County news May 20, 2016

Steyn set to play T20s for Glamorgan

ESPNcricinfo staff

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Cullinan: Not in Steyn's best interests to have a rest period

Glamorgan have confirmed the signing of the South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn for a seven-match stint in the NatWest T20 Blast. Steyn will join the team after completing the ongoing IPL season with Gujarat Lions. Glamorgan are scheduled to start their tournament against Surrey on May 26 - Steyn may have to miss the match if Lions make it as far as the IPL's second Qualifier on May 27 or the final on May 29.

Steyn's decision to play for Glamorgan leaves him potentially at odds with CSA, his home board. South Africa had left Steyn out of their ODI squad for a triangular series in the West Indies, which begins on June 3, in order to rest him ahead of a Test series against New Zealand in August. The Natwest T20 Blast coincides with the triangular series.

"The timing of this opportunity is ideal and there is no better way to prepare than playing in the IPL," Steyn said. "I know that Jacques [Rudolph, the Glamorgan captain] and the rest of the team have set an initial target of qualifying for the quarter-finals and I will do all that I can to give the team the best possible start.

"It's also a valuable opportunity to get some overs under the belt in the lead up to the SA Test series in a controlled T20 environment."

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