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Monty Panesar cleared for IPL auction

George Dobell

January 18, 2013

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Monty Panesar trapped Mark Stoneman lbw for 50, Sussex v Durham, County Championship, Arundel, July, 19, 2012
Monty Panesar's performances in the Test series in India could have boosted his chances of being bought at the IPL auction © Getty Images
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Sussex are willing to let left-arm spinner Monty Panesar participate in this year's IPL, despite acknowledging that his absence could hinder their chances in the County Championship.

Panesar is among three England players to have been given permission to appear in this year's IPL auction alongside his England and Sussex team-mate Matt Prior and Essex's Ravi Bopara. If, as expected, Luke Wright also returns to the IPL, it could mean that Sussex are without three of their senior players for the first few weeks of the season. While Panesar and Prior have both appeared in the auction before without attracting any takers, their success in the recent Test series in India will have done their chances of finding a team this year no harm.

The IPL begins on April 3, with the ECB asking that any of those involved who may be selected in the Test team return to England in time to appear in the final round of Championship matches, ahead of the first Test against New Zealand that begins on May 16. That means that Sussex, who have a light early-season schedule, should only be without Panesar and co. for two games and he may have to be back in England before the end of April. Their last game before the Test begins on May 1.

All players are required to obtain No Objection Certificates from their counties or national boards. While Nottinghamshire have forbidden their players from participating in the IPL - Michael Lumb, Alex Hales and Samit Patel were all keen to appear in the auction - on the grounds that their absence would severely dent the club's chances of success, Sussex have taken a different approach.

In the case of Panesar at least, they probably had no choice as the player negotiated a clause in his contract when he joined Sussex at the end of 2009 that ensured he could be released for the IPL.

"It's not ideal for us," Sussex's head coach Mark Robinson told ESPNcricinfo. "It could cost us the chance of winning the County Championship, but we understand that it's a great opportunity for the players.

"It's a bit of a myth that players go for the money. Such is the compensation they have to pay to their counties that, unless they go for over $400,000, they probably aren't making a lot. Certainly in the case of Monty, he just wants to improve as a limited-overs cricketer and we respect that."

Essex are another club who will be hit by withdrawals. Apart from Bopara, they expect Owais Shah and Ryan ten Doeschate to continue with Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders respectively. Neither will appear in the auction.

Nottinghamshire are, as yet, the only club to forbid their players from taking part. While Angus Porter, the chief executive of the PCA, the players' union, warned that such a stance might count against the county when players are considering joining the club or new contracts - they may prefer clubs which let them go to the IPL or expect compensation from Nottinghamshire - it could equally prove that the decision provides the team with a vital edge at the start of the 2013 season. Other counties will be watching Nottinghamshire with interest. If there are no signs that the affected players are disgruntled and results go their way, it would be no surprise if others followed suit in future years.

Kevin Pietersen and Eoin Morgan already have deals with Delhi Daredevils and Knight Riders respectively. The availability of the rest of the England squad has yet to be decided. While Panesar and Prior are currently only involved with the Test squad and Bopara has dropped out of all three formats at present, the availability of other senior players for the IPL is likely to be limited. England have a heavy schedule in 2013 so the chances of any bowler with a central contract - the likes of Graeme Swann, who is currently rated No. 3 in the ICC rankings for international T20 cricket - Stuart Broad and James Anderson are unlikely to be made available.

An ECB spokesman told ESPNcricinfo: "Releasing players to participate in the IPL is not just a rubber stamping exercise. It's too early to say which England players will be released for it, but a decision will be made on all centrally-contracted players after a consideration of injury avoidance and workload management."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Porky_PigTheToon on (January 20, 2013, 7:37 GMT)

@ gsingh7 - I don't think so. It is just that Ajmal is ordinary !

Posted by gsingh7 on (January 19, 2013, 21:00 GMT)

counterstrike1.6 on (January 19 2013, 18:38 PM GMT) I'm sure, if you ask Indian batsmen who is tougher to play ? Monty or Ajmal ? Answer would be MONTY.

ajmal just bowls bad to indians because either he took bribes from bcci or he loves india being neighbours or he likes indian climate or he is too kind hearted person or because drs is not liked by bcci and indian fans

Posted by gsingh7 on (January 19, 2013, 20:56 GMT)

brussels-- its t 20 cricket boss not boring tests , even england dont include him in odis seeing his odi record

Posted by tententen on (January 19, 2013, 20:10 GMT)

monty woudn't make it, bopara and prior may but hales and lumb would definitely have made it. is ECB planning to release only unworthy players and show others that they too wouldn't be selected. look at kp and morgan

Posted by mazii on (January 19, 2013, 19:53 GMT)

counterstricke1.6... Grapes are sour dude. Lolzzzzzzzzzzz. You can simply say Indian can't play good quality fast and spin bowling.

Posted by Porky_PigTheToon on (January 19, 2013, 18:38 GMT)

I'm sure, if you ask Indian batsmen who is tougher to play ? Monty or Ajmal ? Answer would be MONTY.

Posted by brusselslion on (January 19, 2013, 18:37 GMT)

@ gsingh7 on (January 18 2013, 19:49 PM GMT): Is that the same overrated bowler who took 17 wickets in 3 matches @27 recently?

Posted by warneneverchuck on (January 19, 2013, 13:59 GMT)

Will be a real test of Monty how he bowls on lively pitches in shorter format as he often bowls on flat ENG pitches

Posted by Gundolf on (January 19, 2013, 11:41 GMT)

Its sad that they would put another countires domestic league ahead of their own.

Posted by JG2704 on (January 19, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

I'm not sure anyone will take a punt on Monty TBH.It depends how the franchise chiefs see Monty - whether they go by the fact he did so well in the tests or the fact he was totally overlooked for the shorter formats. I'm surprised Sussex have allowed this as Monty is a key player in the 4 day game but I guess they've allowed Wright to play so must do the same with Monty. Having said that IPL sides did not bid for Swann last year - who fields and bats and arguably bowls better than Monty in shorter formats so by that logic Monty should not be picked.

What I don't like is MRs comms (and I'd hate it if I was a Sussex fan)

"It could cost us the chance of winning the County Championship"

because he seems to be saying that the CC isn't that important. Last season I rued Somerset's poor luck with weather - and I'll say again Warwicks were worthy winners - but the weather is something no one can control. Keeping your best players is.Maybe MR is gambling on the hope no one takes Monty

Posted by Barry91 on (January 19, 2013, 10:21 GMT)

I too agree panesar wil not make it I guess ...but so sad that Alex hales weren't allowed ..his stroke making was awesome would love to see him in India in flat pitches...

Posted by bobmartin on (January 19, 2013, 6:05 GMT)

@ StoneRosesRam.... I wouldn't fret too much about those people who talk about Bopara, Panesar, etc. as not being English, because they are clearly showing that they know precious little about any team outside their own. They are simply making assumptions based on skin colour and name, which in todays multicultural society is about as stupid as you can get.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (January 19, 2013, 1:29 GMT)

It will be interesting to see whether an IPL team is willing to overlook Monty's obvious deficits in batting and fielding, which England haven't been. I'm not saying that one approach is better than the other but, if Monty plays IPL and does well, England might reconsider their stance. He might not be as useful in games outside the subcontinent though, so that would be another issue that would keep him out of the England side for a while. Another interesting one is Prior. Yes, he played well in the Tests in India but the fact that England don't pick him for either limited-overs format would count against him, as would his poor showing in the BBL.

Posted by gsingh7 on (January 18, 2013, 19:49 GMT)

although monty is fellow singh , but i dont think he has talent to perform in india t 20 matches, hope someone will take chance but plz kings 11 punjab dont waste resources on this overrated bowler who wud be canned to rooftops by likes of sehwag and dhoni even when they r out of form

Posted by warneneverchuck on (January 18, 2013, 19:32 GMT)

Everybody want to play IPL unlike othe so called leagues

Posted by kesasam on (January 18, 2013, 18:55 GMT)

LOOL Why all these hype??? Monty just been cleared only by ECB for the auction. Still the auction didnt happen so not yet sure wether he will play in IPL or not. I am sure he will go as unsold same as most of english players as the last IPL auction.

Media is giving him too much attention for an ordinary bowler thats why most of the time he floops on international stage. There are many players needs to recodnise rather than Monty. He only did well in last India tour and people think he is the best. Sorry I am not a indian Fan.

Posted by StoneRosesRam on (January 18, 2013, 17:36 GMT)

@Sinhaya he is not Indian!, he was born and bred in Luton, ENGLAND. Please can fans from other countries get it into their heads that players like Panesar, Bopara are ENGLISH not imports. It drives me crazy as I am from an Indian family but was born here so i like Monty consider myself English.

On the article Monty probably wont get picked anyway as he barely plays T20s anymore although he would still do better than many of the overrated Indian spinners like Ashwin

Posted by bigdhonifan on (January 18, 2013, 17:22 GMT)

@Sinhaya-2 Mendis Played already in IPL and akila dananjeya, he is jsut a kid... and for " SLPL Rock" We know how rocking it was last year. BPL was better than that.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (January 18, 2013, 17:20 GMT)

We all love Monty and he's a quality bowler. It's Good to see an Englishman allowed to play in the IPL.

Posted by threeslipsandagully on (January 18, 2013, 17:16 GMT)

@Sinhaya-2 There's plenty of time for Dananjaya, he's barely played any cricket at all. As for Mendis, he's been found out and isn't nearly as potent as he once was, besides which he's already been given a chance in the IPL. Great news for Panesar though, he's progressed so much as a cricketer over the past couple of years and is reaping the rewards both with England and now in the IPL. Good luck to him.

Posted by Solace1 on (January 18, 2013, 16:23 GMT)

Favouritism shown because he is indian, we produce great talents like mendis and akila dananjeya, these players deserve an ipl contract more than panesar who can excel only in tests, anyway we have the SLPL to rock

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