County news February 14, 2008

Min Patel announces retirement

Cricinfo staff

Min Patel: 'While I feel mentally capable of carrying on, the body has said that 'enough is enough' ' © Getty Images

Min Patel, the former England left-arm spinner, has announced his retirement from first-class cricket after an 19-year career with Kent.

Patel made his debut in 1989 and finishes with 630 first-class wickets and 3945 runs alongside 88 one-day scalps. His two England caps came against India in 1996 at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge but he struggled to make an impact and claimed one wicket. He also toured India with England A in 1995 but was troubled by a series of injuries and he played just a single Championship match in 2007.

"It has been an honour to represent Kent for the best part of 20 years," said Patel. "While I feel mentally capable of carrying on, the body has said that 'enough is enough'.

"I would like to thank the whole of the organisation for their support. I wish Rob Key and his team continued success on the field and hope they build on a terrific 2007, and to Graham Johnson and his team on their goal of taking Kent to new heights off the field."

Key paid tribute to Patel's efforts over the years: "Min has been ever present in the Kent side since I joined the club," he said. "He has been an inspiration to others throughout his career and there are many cricketers within Kent and beyond who have benefited from his knowledge and advice."

Graham Johnson, Kent's chairman of cricket, added: "I would like to pay tribute on behalf of everyone who supports Kent cricket to the contribution Min Patel has made over his career. He has been a top-class spinner, very handy batsman and a shrewd tactician who has played at the highest level.

"But for some serious injuries I am sure he would have had more opportunities to play for his country. The way he overcame his injuries and his approach to the game are testament to his character and his love of the game."