Sussex to release Monty Panesar at the end of the season

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Panesar is likely to spend the remainder of the season with Northamptonshire

English county side Sussex have announced that they will release left-arm spinner Monty Panesar at the end of the 2013 domestic season.

The club’s decision comes after Panesar was found guilty of harassing a group of women in a Brighton nightclub before being thrown out and urinating on the bouncers.

According to reports, Sussex have allowed Panesar to play for a Division Two club on loan for the remainder of the current season.

As of right now, most reports claim that Panesar will represent Northamptonshire, which was his former club.

“Clearly this season has been a very difficult time for Monty Panesar,” chief executive of Sussex Cricket, Zac Toumazi, said. “Having reviewed the whole situation, the Club has agreed that Monty be released from his contract.

“This will give him every opportunity to put his personal and professional life back on track.”

Speaking about the situation, Sussex’s Professional Cricket Manager, Mark Robinson said: “Monty has been an integral part of the professional cricket team and has been a valuable contributor to the overall performance of the club during his time at Sussex. He is an outstanding bowler. I would like to thank Monty for his contribution and wish him well for the future.”

Panesar, who recently got divorced as well, admitted that he has drawn a lot of negative attention to himself off the field this season.

“I have endured a challenging time this year off the field and my frustrations have sometimes got the better of me professionally,” he said through a statement. “I apologise for letting the club, my colleagues and my fans down. I have re-engaged with Neil Burns at London County Mentoring, to help to develop my cricket further and I feel that Neil, along with a trusted support structure in place around me will help me put my personal and professional problems behind me and enable me to put all my energies and focus into the game and a new club.

“I am determined to do whatever it takes to gain selection for England this winter. I want to become the best I can be. I believe that if I maintain the bowling progress I have made in recent weeks which enabled me to be selected for the Test squad at Old Trafford, I can fulfil my long-held ambition of becoming the best spin bowler in the world, over time.”

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