England news August 7, 2013

Panesar urinated on bouncers

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Monty Panesar has been fined by police after urinating on nightclub bouncers who ejected him from a club in Brighton in the early hours of Monday.

Panesar, the left-arm spinner who was included in the England squad for the third Investec Ashes Test, was reportedly asked to leave the beachfront club, Shooshh, after a group of women complained that he was bothering them. Panesar, who had been part of the Sussex team defeated by Derbyshire in three days in a match that ended on Sunday, then walked up to the promenade above the club and urinated on the bouncers.

While Panesar ran off, the bouncers gave chase and caught up with him in a pizza parlour and, having restrained him and dragged him back to the club, called the police. Panesar was fined £90 and, through his spokesman, released a statement offering an "unreserved apology" for his behaviour.

Sussex CCC released a statement confirming that "an incident took place involving Monty Panesar in the early hours of Monday 5th August," just hours before England retained the Ashes at Old Trafford. Sussex continued to say "the matter is under full investigation."

A Sussex Police spokesman said: "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 4.13am on Monday."

The episode will do nothing to revive Panesar's career. Quite apart from the uncouth nature of the incident and the unsettling image of an international sportsman being asked to leave a club for bothering women, the England management will be unimpressed by Panesar being "drunk and disorderly" at 4am during an Ashes series in which he may yet take a part.

Panesar was dropped by Sussex earlier this season in part due to a poor on-field attitude. Struggling with a sore shoulder, he had fallen into the habit of stopping the ball with his boot in the field and throwing it back to the wicketkeeper underarm.

Panesar was also arrested and interviewed by the police in 2011 after a heated argument with his wife in a pub car park. He was subsequently released without charge.

Despite a tricky few months, however, Panesar enjoyed a fine tour of India at the end of 2012 where his 17 wickets in three Tests played a large part in England's victory. He has taken 164 wickets in his 48 Tests and, aged 31, could yet replace Graeme Swann in the England side when Swann, 34, retires.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Playfair on August 9, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    Im not sure whether I should laugh or just laugh! Didn't expect his from Englands best bowler

  • Liquefierrrr on August 9, 2013, 0:43 GMT

    I'd certainly expect the ECB and English media to kick up an even larger fuss on this issue, as it is more serious, than they did for Dave Warner.

    They wouldn't want to look inconsistent, biased or opportunistic now would they? Which is exactly what they'll look like if this isn't blown up into larger proportions than the Dave Warner situation.

    There you go England, you have your very own, home-grown Panto-villain now.

  • JG2704 on August 8, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    @jonesy2 on (August 8, 2013, 7:58 GMT) Keep trying though bud . You'll get there in the end - maybe

  • MartinC on August 8, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    Time to blood Simon Kerrigan on the winter tour to Australia.

  • liaqathussain on August 8, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    Money keeping it real, pissing and running hahhahahaha

    Hilarious stuff from monty,

  • TheCricketEmpireStrikesBack on August 8, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    Panesar is one of the real characters of the game and hope to see him back soon, after a suitable punishment has been determined and served. I will be interested to see what the new "sinister" Monty is like (although the "Full Monty" should be kept strictly under wraps).

    @YorkshirePudding. Surprised to see Onions as part of your recipe.

  • YorkshirePudding on August 8, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    @andybu, I suspect it might be Kerrigan, I doubt Samit has done enough this season, and he hasnt exactly impressed with bat or ball when hes played for England.

    I would hope that he gets to play in the Lions game against the aussies at northants ahead of the Oval as should Taylor and Ballance.

    IF England win at Durham then look at giving Taylor, Ballance, and maybe Kerrigan a chance at the oval so that Swann, Bell and Bairstow can be rested,

    I suspect Broad may be dropped for Onions, and Tremlett could come in at the Oval for Anderson.

  • andybu on August 8, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    must increase the probability of Simon Kerrigan or even Samit Patel taking the second spinner role this winter in Australia

  • on August 8, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    Simply bizarre, from start to finish ! Makes Bath and "I'm free as a bird" appear tame in comparison

  • Iddo555 on August 8, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    Disgusting behaviour on top of the fact he's taking wickets at an average of 40.

    It's not exactly the way to fight your way back into the team

  • Playfair on August 9, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    Im not sure whether I should laugh or just laugh! Didn't expect his from Englands best bowler

  • Liquefierrrr on August 9, 2013, 0:43 GMT

    I'd certainly expect the ECB and English media to kick up an even larger fuss on this issue, as it is more serious, than they did for Dave Warner.

    They wouldn't want to look inconsistent, biased or opportunistic now would they? Which is exactly what they'll look like if this isn't blown up into larger proportions than the Dave Warner situation.

    There you go England, you have your very own, home-grown Panto-villain now.

  • JG2704 on August 8, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    @jonesy2 on (August 8, 2013, 7:58 GMT) Keep trying though bud . You'll get there in the end - maybe

  • MartinC on August 8, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    Time to blood Simon Kerrigan on the winter tour to Australia.

  • liaqathussain on August 8, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    Money keeping it real, pissing and running hahhahahaha

    Hilarious stuff from monty,

  • TheCricketEmpireStrikesBack on August 8, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    Panesar is one of the real characters of the game and hope to see him back soon, after a suitable punishment has been determined and served. I will be interested to see what the new "sinister" Monty is like (although the "Full Monty" should be kept strictly under wraps).

    @YorkshirePudding. Surprised to see Onions as part of your recipe.

  • YorkshirePudding on August 8, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    @andybu, I suspect it might be Kerrigan, I doubt Samit has done enough this season, and he hasnt exactly impressed with bat or ball when hes played for England.

    I would hope that he gets to play in the Lions game against the aussies at northants ahead of the Oval as should Taylor and Ballance.

    IF England win at Durham then look at giving Taylor, Ballance, and maybe Kerrigan a chance at the oval so that Swann, Bell and Bairstow can be rested,

    I suspect Broad may be dropped for Onions, and Tremlett could come in at the Oval for Anderson.

  • andybu on August 8, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    must increase the probability of Simon Kerrigan or even Samit Patel taking the second spinner role this winter in Australia

  • on August 8, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    Simply bizarre, from start to finish ! Makes Bath and "I'm free as a bird" appear tame in comparison

  • Iddo555 on August 8, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    Disgusting behaviour on top of the fact he's taking wickets at an average of 40.

    It's not exactly the way to fight your way back into the team

  • on August 8, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    well done Monty I would have loved to see the look on those bouncers faces when it happened. They are always so arrogant.

  • Lmaotsetung on August 8, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    If it was anyone else it wouldn't be funny but it's Monty...give the guy a break. I'd be pissed if I wasn't able to play on the ground where I practically get 5 fer with my eyes closed. Didn't think Monty had it in him to do such stuff. Just goes to show how little we know about these players.

  • finncam on August 8, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    This certainly outdoes Warner offloading on Root. Or Warner tweeting in his unselfconscious way. It's up there with Freddy and the Pedalo! Poor old Monty - more likeable than either of them.

  • bennybow on August 8, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    @Train Stationer has a good point. It must be so frustrating for Monty as well as Carberry, Chris Read, James Foster and Michael Carberry to know that however brilliant you are, Miller isn't going to pick you.

    Mind you, I find it hard to believe that at 4.00 am in a Brighton nightclub, it's possible to find anyone who objects to being bothered!

  • on August 8, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    if only he played for Yorkshire! Then I would have been able to say a Yorker got the better of a bouncer! Alas

  • jonesy2 on August 8, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    wow. you know youre a nobody when you do this and its not even close to front page material.

  • UNIVERSAL_CRICKETER on August 8, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    Pity him...don't mock him...he is a teetotaler...there is definitely something wrong in his personal life....don't waste the talent...ECB should help him..

  • on August 8, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    Still the best spinner England's got

  • Liquefierrrr on August 8, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    Dear oh dear Monty - what ever brought this on?

    Stunned by this article. Whilst I haven't followed his off-field antics that closely I must say I thought there must be more to this story.

    Difficult to recover from this, especially as he is on the outer within the England ranks and also, seemingly, at loggerheads with his County.

    Whilst I am no expert, nor do I know the full story or the man in question, it could relate to the fact that he is somewhat on the cusp of English selection, and has been for the past 5 years. Presumably that leads to cynicism, frustration and desperation which can presumably manifest in ways described above.

    Or ultimately he may just have a darker side. It's a shame that this may signal the end to the career of a man who, previously, was considered peaceful, harmless and inspiring to team-mates and cricket fans alike.

    Perhaps this is the beginning of 'a darkness rising'...

  • on August 8, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    Not the best way to negotiate a bouncer :) I wonder if the umpire can give him out for Urinating before the Bouncer . lol

  • on August 8, 2013, 2:43 GMT

    You'd think that a professional sportsman should be able to outrun a couple of bouncers, with a head start and a lighter load.

  • Brownly on August 8, 2013, 2:23 GMT

    @Greatest_Game - Fantastic. Just fantastic.

    Oh Monty, this is a sad story. Sad and funny.

  • Rowayton on August 8, 2013, 1:50 GMT

    I'm just impressed with the concept of a pizza place that's open at 4.13 on a Monday morning. Good class of customers?

  • fosterbat on August 8, 2013, 1:27 GMT

    Safe to say Monty don't like no bouncers.

  • mansel on August 8, 2013, 0:57 GMT

    I would think that after this incident, young David Warner is not a saint. He actually missed, while Monty actually landed one on his intended target!!

  • njr1330 on August 7, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    Looks like, from now on, the word PANESAR will be spelt KERRIGAN !!

  • on August 7, 2013, 22:05 GMT

    End of a career.Very sad indeed.

  • on August 7, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    monty... that is so funny bro

  • ARad on August 7, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    That is a splendid post GREATEST_GAME. It should be a Featured Comment!

  • reb1 on August 7, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    This is, by far, the most bizarre of titles for a news story featuring a lower order batsman. Although I took the meaning like many others, I was wondering why "on" had been used in the title. Maybe "upon"?

  • Whatsgoinoffoutthere on August 7, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    I can just see the headline in The Sun: Monty Panesewer

  • Alexk400 on August 7, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    Panesar is a child in his mind

  • Aussiesfalling on August 7, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    Aside from this incident, it seems very unlikely that England will overlook Monty, the leading wicket-taker among spinners in Division 1, in favour of a Division 2 bowler who has been bowling on helpful pitches all summer. Form aside, if England need to pick beyond Swann, I'll take Monty's Test career record over any uncapped spinner.

  • xylo on August 7, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    Panesar seems to be an entertaining character, on field and off of it. It is time for cricinfo to come up with an Entertaining XI to include the likes of Panesar, Ryder, Warner etc.

  • on August 7, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    strange behaviour by Panesar, wonder why media hypes this type of news if any celebrity or sportsman or women does. After all they too are humans and do the mistakes, hope in near future Panesar behaves well.

  • pravek666 on August 7, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    "...then walked up to the promenade above the club and urinated on the bouncers.

    While Panesar ran off, the bouncers gave chase and caught up with him in a pizza parlour and, having restrained him and dragged him back to the club, called the police."...... best part :p

  • henrystephen on August 7, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    Cricketers seem to have a bit of a problem with social skills, and unfortunately I'm sure he's not the first to 'bother women'. Everyone should read the book "Mayhem" by Tim May.

  • zahidtaniv on August 7, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    Looking at the title, I thought Panesar had peed his pants while facing steep bouncers during batting .. lol

    But then I actually read the article ..

    However hilarious the title might sound, it's a shame ... a total disgrace

  • Cricfacts on August 7, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    New bad boy on the block??

  • Greatest_Game on August 7, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    I doubt Monty will be able to put any positive spin on this, or that he will he get any traction out of this rough patch. Surprising that he thought he could make a run- he's never been good at evading bouncers! He probably has relieved himself of any duties for England. That's usually the result of making such a public splash!

    Seems strange that he was having difficulty chatting up the lasses as he has a fine record of conjuring up maidens at even the dodgiest of clubs. I guess he is not quite the player he thinks he is? Perhaps that is why he is not first call when looking for a result on a featherbed?

    Most surprising is that he did not automatically appeal! Did he use up all his reviews?

    At the end of a player's career it is often said that the bell can be heard tolling. As a man with a pretty good international record, who would think that the sign of Monty's career demise would be little else than a tinkle? Poor fellow, his good name was supposed to start, & not end, with a P.

  • johngold on August 7, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    Headline should have been Panesar caughtout after badly timed slash at bouncer

  • on August 7, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    To AlanHull. Could it be a citizens arrest (from wikipedia)

    A citizen's arrest is permitted to be made on any person under section 24A of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 for an indictable offence, including either way offences (in this section referred to simply as "an offence"), but excluding certain specific ones listed below. It is thus permissible for any person to arrest: The arrestor has reasonable grounds for believing that the arrest is necessary to prevent one of the following: The person absconding before a constable can assume responsibility for him

  • YorkshirePudding on August 7, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    @AlanHull, actually they do its called a citizens arrest and as long as they use reasonable force they do have the right to hold someone until a member of the police arrives, based on certain guidelines, such as stopping him 'absconding'.

  • YorkshirePudding on August 7, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    Completely and totally out of order doing that, I hope sussex give him a heafty fine.

  • on August 7, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    As a number 11, I've occasionally dropped something else facing bouncers but this is a new one on me.

    I think Monty's international career is now over. The urination angle is poor but bothering women? His county form has not been good this year and this behaviour from a senior professional is far worse than Warner's actions earlier this summer. Simon Kerrigan, get ready for Australia.

  • Cyril_Knight on August 7, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    Monty has found another way to make himself even more popular with English cricket fans. Well-batted Monty Panesar.

    Don't know why people are righting Monty off. He is still by far the second best spin bowler in England. Kerrigan has potential but is playing Second Division cricket. There are some awful sides in that league, Leics, Kent, Glamorgan, and he has a spinners wicket to bowl on. Monty is a key part of a side challenging for the title, with Jordan and Magoffin bowling so well (top 2 wicket takers) there have been few wickets left for him to pick up.

    We know Monty can do it, many were calling for him to take preference to Swann after the tour of India. Has Kerrigan become better than him in that time? No chance.

  • on August 7, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    I had heard Monty was t total . He used to sip Coke on England's big nights. Has much changed ? I like the lad , hope all is ok in his private life

  • on August 7, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    The headline "Panesar urinated on bouncers" is misleading. I expected an article detailing improvements in Monty's hook shot.

  • AlanHull on August 7, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    Are bouncers allowed to physically assault someone like this and drag them off and hold them in "custody" while the police arrive. Bouncers have no legal authority to hold someone "under arrest", only the police can do that. This sounds more like a case of kidnapping.

  • northumbriannomad on August 7, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Startling story. It's probably a good thing he didn't try to hook the bouncers. But maybe next time he should just duck.

  • ben.p. on August 7, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    'When I read, 'Panesar urinated on bouncers', I had a vision of the tweaker relieving himself on short-pitched deliveries. Given that his footwork and hand-eye co-ordination are suspect at the best of times, this would have taken a versatility and athleticism, not to mention a talent for acrobatics, that would have been a true revelation.

  • WalkingWicket11 on August 7, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    This is beyond doubt the best technique to deal with a bouncer, and it comes from a No. 11. :)

  • StevieS on August 7, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    Luckily for him that he is such a well known person. If it had of been Mr Joe Public I am sure he would of fallen over on the bouncers foot.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on August 7, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    He must have been out celebrating the retention of the Ashes!

    Seriously though, I fail to see the point of replacing a retired player with one only 3 years younger... Surely it makes more sense to bring in someone younger like Simon Kerrigan (as salazar555 says). I do like Magic-Monty but alas, much like Stuart MacGill, he's always going to be second fiddle to a certain someone that loves the limelight more.

  • 512fm on August 7, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    Wow, definitely did not expect this from him!

  • Iddo555 on August 7, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    I need to correct my earlier comment

    In 1st class cricket this year (2013):

    Panesar 26 wickets @ 39.96 Kerrigan 48 wickets @ 20.45

    On performance alone Kerrigan deserves his shot as number 2 spinner, Panesar is doing his best to try and end his career early with poor performances and even worse behaviour

  • Prodger on August 7, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    Following in the footsteps of Bobby Peel?

  • Blade-Runner on August 7, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Well, what can i say, When a Man's Gotta Go, a Man's Gotta Go. :)

  • jmcilhinney on August 7, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    Presumably an unreserved apology is an admission of guilt. That's some fairly disgraceful behaviour regardless of who you are.

  • ultrasnow on August 7, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    Cricinfo headline 'Panesar urinated on bouncers' had me thinking the player urinated when the fast bowlers bounced him.

  • on August 7, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Can't imagine Lord Ted or Ranji doing this! On a serious note, I suspect that this may signal the end of his England career.

  • Guernica on August 7, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    Well, I'm sure a lot of us have done silly things after a few beers - but this is right up there! I really couldn't believe this from a guy like Monty, I'm sure he's very embarrassed about it now. This too after his side was heavily beaten by the bottom club Derbyshire.

  • on August 7, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    Unthinkable behaviour, Monty. You just scattered some ashes on your Test career.

  • Iddo555 on August 7, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    I think it was time for Kerrigan to replace Panesar on performance anyway, as Panesar is averaging 40 runs for a wicket and Kerrigan is averaging 26 runs per wicket but I think this type of behaviour will make that switch even more likely. To be thrown out of a nightclub, drunk, at 4am for bothering women and then to top it off by urinating on bouncers, all while being in the England frame for the ashes. That's a quick way to throw your career down the drain.

  • DingDong420 on August 7, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    who cares, the man is a great spinner

  • cozens on August 7, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    as the Shamen once sang ''Naughty, naughty, very naughty''

  • JG2704 on August 7, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    Folk have been taking the p out of Monty for years. Now Monty gets in trouble for it

    On a serious note. , this looks so far fetched that I thought it might be an April the 1st story. I'm just trying to imagine any of that happening and the thought of Monty doing any of it is (or even being drunk) actually quite amusing. Are we sure that he deliberately did this or was it just that he had more probs with his length,line and pace of delivery?

  • whoster on August 7, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Great headline, but very disappointing news. It's obvious Panesar has had a poor attitude this season, and it's a real pity that someone with his ability has done something so stupid. No matter how much of an asset a player can be, there's no room in any team for someone with such little discipline. Hopefully Panesar can sort himself out and get back into the reckoning - but he may well have blown his chances for good.

    Could you imagine someone like James Tredwell doing something like this??! It's a real shame.

  • Ben_Hayne90 on August 7, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    Panesar replace Swann? What a joke.

  • on August 7, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    another good cricketer ruins his career. he could have become one of the best test cricket spinner.

  • Munkeymomo on August 7, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    Ridiculous. Time for Kerrigan to become number 2 methinks.

  • TheBigBoodha on August 7, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Hmm, now imagine if Dave Warner did this!

    Anyway, at least we now know why he wasn't selected for the tests so far. The management ordered dry turners, and they didn't want any extra moisture on the pitch. :-)

  • ospriet on August 7, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    It's never the ones you expect!

  • on August 7, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Panesar my man. Cant believe you did this! Is this a joke?!

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  • on August 7, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Panesar my man. Cant believe you did this! Is this a joke?!

  • ospriet on August 7, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    It's never the ones you expect!

  • TheBigBoodha on August 7, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Hmm, now imagine if Dave Warner did this!

    Anyway, at least we now know why he wasn't selected for the tests so far. The management ordered dry turners, and they didn't want any extra moisture on the pitch. :-)

  • Munkeymomo on August 7, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    Ridiculous. Time for Kerrigan to become number 2 methinks.

  • on August 7, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    another good cricketer ruins his career. he could have become one of the best test cricket spinner.

  • Ben_Hayne90 on August 7, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    Panesar replace Swann? What a joke.

  • whoster on August 7, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Great headline, but very disappointing news. It's obvious Panesar has had a poor attitude this season, and it's a real pity that someone with his ability has done something so stupid. No matter how much of an asset a player can be, there's no room in any team for someone with such little discipline. Hopefully Panesar can sort himself out and get back into the reckoning - but he may well have blown his chances for good.

    Could you imagine someone like James Tredwell doing something like this??! It's a real shame.

  • JG2704 on August 7, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    Folk have been taking the p out of Monty for years. Now Monty gets in trouble for it

    On a serious note. , this looks so far fetched that I thought it might be an April the 1st story. I'm just trying to imagine any of that happening and the thought of Monty doing any of it is (or even being drunk) actually quite amusing. Are we sure that he deliberately did this or was it just that he had more probs with his length,line and pace of delivery?

  • cozens on August 7, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    as the Shamen once sang ''Naughty, naughty, very naughty''

  • DingDong420 on August 7, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    who cares, the man is a great spinner