County cricket September 27, 2013

Panesar ban for 'threatening' behaviour

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Monty Panesar's troubled season has ended with another disciplinary issue after he was handed a suspended County Championship ban, following behaviour that was "potentially threatening and intimidating towards a member of the opposition", less than a month before he flies to Australia in the Ashes tour

There were two incidents that occurred during Essex's match against Worcestershire at Chelmsford in early September that breached the ECB directive 3.2, in that "he did not conduct himself fairly and properly on the field". During the match Panesar was involved in an exchange with Ross Whiteley, which led to umpire Peter Willey intervening, although the ECB statement does not specify the actual incidents involved.

During the second innings of the match, where he took 2 for 74, it was reported that Panesar became increasingly frustrated with his performance and he was removed from the attack shortly after Willey spoke to him and Essex captain James Foster.

Panesar has accepted the penalty of a one-match suspension, which itself will be suspended until the end of 2014 season and comes into force should he breach any ECB rule, regulation code or directive. The statement said that Panesar had apologised for his behaviour.

This latest controversy comes less than a week after Panesar was named in England's Ashes squad having given the selectors and management assurances that he had overcome the personal issues that led to him leaving Sussex. He was fined for being 'drunk and disorderly' during a night out in Brighton where he urinated on bouncers.

Panesar had been given professional help by the ECB to aid his rehabilitation and immediately joined Essex on loan for the remainder of the season, where he did enough to earn an England call.

When naming the squad, national selector Geoff Miller said the onus was now on Panesar. "He's very prepared to let his bowling do the talking for him, so I'm prepared to accept that. He's an experienced international player, and it's up to him to actually produce the goods for us."

"Monty had his problems, which we've worked hard to rectify in the last six weeks - and he has too,'' he said. "There's a very strong management in that side to help all aspects of it. He's appreciated he's made errors and he's very sure that those errors are behind him now."

There has yet to be confirmation as to where Panesar will play his cricket next season. He took 14 wickets at 36.00 in six matches for Essex, having also been linked with a return to Northamptonshire, the county where he began his career.

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  • Adam on September 29, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    Panesar is not fit for international cricket. A train wreck waiting to happen. He will end up carrying the drinks on the Ashes tour so it might give him something to think about.

  • StJohn on September 29, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    Great that Monty's going to Oz - he's a great spin bowler and deserves to be picked (despite perhaps a modest county season). I don't think Monty's there just to carry the drinks - Sydney could merit playing two spinners, and on a bouncy track like Perth Monty could be more effective than Swann.

  • Ivan on September 28, 2013, 23:22 GMT

    @Edd Oliver: Well said Edd. I just feel disappointed when people are quick to blame. No one is perfect but Monty is a very talented bowler who hasn't yet got his due. After his stellar performances in India he again found himself dropped from the playing xi because England will only play 2 spinners in the sub continent. So some frustration can creep in. Don't criticize him at this time. The guy needs support and encouragement.

  • John on September 28, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    @milepost: I'm going purely on the reports I have heard and read from commentators, players and articles on cricinfo. They have been unanimous in saying that over the last couple of years Australia has prepared pitches which are seamer-friendly and hard work to bat or bowl spin on.

    I made it clear in my post that I wasn't complaining about that; in fact, I wrote a post some time ago in which I said that I couldn't see any type of pitch which Australia could prepare which would help Australia's bowlers more than England's. If the pitches seam, England has Anderson and Broad to take advantage of it; if they're hard and fast, England has tall fast bowlers and if they take spin England has Swann.

    No excuses from me . If Australia wins the series, it won't be because of the pitches.

  • Dummy4 on September 28, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    People have very short memories. Mumbai test last year anyone? Panesar and Swann out bowled Ashwin and Ojha for one of our most famous test wins in years. That incident with the bouncers in Brighton and then this very minor issue and everyone is writing him off, o ye of little faith! He needs to have a word with Tuffers who was similarly talented but had lots of 'issues' off the field during his career.

  • anton on September 28, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    Do the decent thing selectors and withdraw him now rather than have him spoil the entire mood of the squad after the plane has landed in Australia. He isn't that special a spinner that you can overlook serious misdemeanours. I doubt he will win any matches even if he played all 5 tests. Perhaps he makes for good company and lightens the mood of everyone with his antics, which can be useful when you spend a lot of time at hotels. In saying that, in Australia you don't really need to spend much time in hotel rooms as you would say, in India.

  • Jeff on September 28, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    Why should England's second spinner be able to contribute with the bat? We have Broad, Swann, and possibly Bresnan too who can bat.

  • Cyril on September 28, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    Gareth Batty didn't get away with it, the double standards here are disgusting. The ECB statement even made personal comments about Gareth that were out of order, yet they don't even release details of what Panesar did. Batty was hung out to dry and the rules changed so that he would miss a major final. It seems if you are one of the ECB puppets you will be punished differently, offered protection from criticism, just so they can protect their brand.

  • Cameron on September 28, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    'Given the way the pitches are being prepared in Australia'? What does that mean? They don't doctor pitches in Australia. Are we hearing excuses from England already? Surely not.

  • John on September 28, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    Given the way pitches in Australia are being prepared (and I'm not complaining about it, just stating facts) Swann is the only spinner on either side likely to have any success and even he will do well to average under 40.

    England's second spinner should really have three qualities: first, be able to bowl tight and give the seamers a rest; second, be a good fielder; and third, be able to contribute something with the bat. Panesar is OK on count one, but perhaps the worst choice among all those qualified for England on counts two and three.

    If Swann can't play, I'd far rather see an extra seamer who bats and fields well replacing him. Apart from Broad, who will be in the side anyway, the only person who fits that description is Stokes. I think the selectors missed a trick by not taking Woakes instead of Monty. He's a very useful bat and a much better fielder than Monty (who isn't?) and he's just as likely to keep it tight and take a wicket or two.

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