September 25, 2009

England cricket

Balle-balle at Buckingham Palace

Nishi Narayanan
Monty Panesar attempts to take a catch with one hand, St Kitts, January 24, 2009
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England spinner Monty Panesar may not be the world’s best fielder - he was called Monty Python for his comical attempts – but he 'll have to keep his flaps and fumbles to a minimum for at least a few moments next month - when he'll be participating in the Queen’s Baton Relay for the 2010 Commonwealth Games launch at Buckingham Palace .

Since the Games will be held in Delhi, the organising committee wanted to give the launch, on October 29, an Indian flavour. "We thought that someone from the UK was needed because the Queen, the head of the Commonwealth is British; we needed a link to India,” said Vic Sethi, Panesar’s former agent and committee member. “I think Monty was perfect because he is one of the first British Sikh sports stars to wear the turban and the full beard.”

What we’d like to know is how he’ll celebrate after passing the baton - an overexcited leap and a high five with Her Majesty?

Nishi Narayanan is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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