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Monty Panesar writes letter to all 18 English counties in hopes of getting a trial

Monty Panesar has not played county cricket since 2016

Sport360 staff 2018/08/03

Former England spinner Monty Panesar has written a letter to all 18 English counties in a bid to revive his career which has stalled in recent years.

The left-arm orthodox spinner was at the forefront of England’s first Test series win in India since 1984-85 when the Alastair Cook-led team took on the hosts in a four-match series in 2012-13.

Now, with England locking horns with the same opponents at home, Panesar is doing his best to get back into competitive cricket after last playing for Bedfordshire in August 2017.

“I’m hoping that one of the county coaches can give me a go – give me a net, give me a trial,” Panesar told BBC’s World Service.

“I still have huge ambitions to play in the professional game.”

The 36-year-old is currently playing club cricket for Hornchurch in Essex after briefly playing for Nottinghamshire in 2016. The Indian-origin spinner had been released by his county Essex in 2015.

Panesar last played an appearance for England in 2013.

Panesar has played 50 Tests, 26 ODIs and a sole T20I for England with his last appearance in international cricket coming in 2013 in an Ashes Test against Australia.

He has been dealing with a spate of personal issues in recent times and he was released from his Sussex contract in 2013 after urinating on a nightclub bouncer.

Following that, he moved to Essex but off-field issues kept him from playing any part in the 2015 season. He later spoke out about how he had been dealing with depression and anxiety during the time.

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