Monty Panesar Joins Essex from Sussex After Being Dropped by England

Ben BlackmoreFeatured ColumnistAugust 7, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 30: Monty Panesar of England looks on during an England Nets Session at Old Trafford on July 30, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Just days after he was fined by police for urinating on bouncers outside a Brighton nightclub, England bowler Monty Panesar will leave Sussex at the end of the season, as reported by Nick Hoult of the Daily Telegraph. He has joined Essex on loan for the rest of the 2013 campaign.


UPDATE: Monday, August 19, at 16:20 a.m. BST

From Essex's official website:

Essex have secured the signing of Monty Panesar for the rest of the 2013 season. Panesar will join the Club on loan from Sussex and is available for the six LV= County Championship matches, starting with the Colchester Cricket Festival, which begins on Tuesday 20th August at Castle Park versus Northamptonshire.

Panesar, 31, could become Essex’s second signing making their debut at Castle Park along with Gautam Gambhir who is also available for selection against Northamptonshire.

Coach Paul Grayson said: “We are delighted to welcome Monty to the Club for the remainder of the season. He is a world-class spinner and we are confident that he will have a positive impact on the team. He will join us from today and will hopefully be playing tomorrow at 11am against Northants.”

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UPDATE: Monday, August 19, at 11 a.m. BST

From Sussex's official website:

Sussex County Cricket Club can confirm that Monty Panesar will be allowed to leave the club at the end of the 2013 season.

Sussex chief executive Zac Toumazi said: “Clearly this season has been a very difficult time for Monty Panesar. Having reviewed the whole situation the club has agreed that Monty be released from his contract. This will give him every opportunity to put his personal and professional life back on track.”

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Panesar, an inactive member in England’s squad as they retained the Ashes, apologised for his drunken behaviour, which came after he was asked to leave the club.

A Sussex Police spokesman delivered the details, via The Guardian:

A 31-year-old man received a fixed penalty notice for being drunk and disorderly after being seen urinating in public near the Shooshh Club in King's Road Arches, Brighton, around 4.13 a.m. on Monday.

Hoult's article reports Panesar was initially asked to leave Shoosh nightclub after a group of women complained about his behaviour.

Panesar then entered the promenade above the club to gain his revenge on the bouncers, before running for cover in a nearby pizza house.

Hoult reports that the bouncers caught up with the left-arm spinner and brought him back to the club, where the police were called. He was later fined £90.

Panesar's domestic employers Sussex County Cricket Club are yet to decide if further action is necessary, revealing in a statement that they will look into the incident.

Sussex County Cricket Club can confirm that an incident took place involving Monty Panesar in the early hours of Monday August 5. "The matter is under full investigation and the club will make no further comment at this stage."

Panesar is a veteran of 48 Test matches for England, taking 164 wickets at an average of 33.78.

He had been considered for the recent Old Trafford Test as a second spin option alongside Graeme Swann, but was ultimately overlooked as England kept an unchanged line-up en route to a rain-affected draw.

A spokesman issued an apology on behalf of Panesar for his Brighton behaviour, and it remains to be seen if his conduct will harm his international prospects under notoriously strict coach Andy Flower.