South African cricket icon Dale Steyn, right, returned fire to former New Zealand player Simon Doull following a bizarre “midlife crisis” in his comments. Photo / news.com.au
South African cricket icon Dale Steyn returned fire from former New Zealand player Simon Doull following a bizarre “midlife crisis” in his comments.
Representing the Quetta Gladiators on Friday night, 37-year-old Steyn claimed 2/44 in a three-goal loss to Peshawar Zalmi in the Pakistani Super League, his first professional match since early December.
While Steyn sat in the dressing room for the first inning, Doull commented on the shoulder length hair from South Africa, which had grown during the Covid lockdown.
“A bit of a midlife crisis with that hair,” Doull said in his comments.
England great David Gower replied: “Hair is locked.”
Steyn did not accept the comments, voicing his disgust on social media.
“If your job is to talk about games, do that,” Steyn tweeted on Saturday night.
“But if you use that broadcast time to abuse your weight, sexual preferences, ethnic background, lifestyle, etc. or even your hairstyle, then I’m afraid I don’t have time for you as a human.
“You and anyone like that to be fair.
“That’s all I want to say.
“It was a great time last night, amazing to play in front of the crowd again, cricket is much better that way.
“We lost but hope to put it together for the rest of our game.
“Thank you for the support. Have a nice weekend everyone.”
Steyn is South Africa’s highest wicket-taker in test cricket, finishing his international career with 439 scalps with an average of 22.95.
Doull played 74 games for New Zealand in his injury-hit career, claiming 134 international goals.