Steyn warns fast bowling could 'disappear'


Dale Steyn has warned that fast bowling "is going to disappear" if cricket's power-brokers fail to restore the balance between bat and ball.

The ICC cricket committee recommended new measures aimed at addressing the imbalance in limited-overs cricket after last year's World Cup proved to be a run-fest. 

And South Africa paceman Steyn has warned there must be more incentives for young cricketers to take up fast bowling.

"You need people to be able to bowl at 160kph," Steyn told the Cricket Monthly. "You need people who take five wickets. You need people who bowl 150kph on day five to keep that inspiration up for future kids.

"I can do that. But we need help from whoever runs world cricket."

He added: "If the IPL is all about guys getting US$2 million for hitting the ball out of the ground, then who wants to bowl fast? You need a fast bowler that is earning that in the IPL.

"You need pitches where players are able to take 10 wickets. You need [bowling] heroes in the game, where kids can say, 'I want to be that guy. I don't just want to be AB de Villiers. I don't just want to be Virat Kohli.' 

"Otherwise, bowling is going to disappear."

Steyn has struggled with injuries in recent times, but the 32-year-old said he has no intention of retiring in the near future.

The Proteas quick added: "My heart is pounding. My mind is fine. My body is unbelievably strong. I am 32, but I am still the fittest guy in the team.

"I want to challenge myself and the people who say fast bowlers generally retire at 33, 34. That is bull***t. I can retire at 38 if I want.

"I watched Brett Lee at 38 or something, bowling 145kph in Big Bash. I remember thinking: this guy can still play international cricket. But whether he wants to put himself through it is a different story. I kind of do."