Struggling Panesar joins Sussex
Monday 16 November 2009
England spinner Monty Panesar today joined Twenty20 champions Sussex on a three-year deal.
Panesar, 27, endured a tough season with Northamptonshire and left Wantage Road despite having a year left on his contract.
The left-arm spinner's most significant act of 2009 came with the bat after he held out for a draw, alongside James Anderson, in the first Ashes Test.
Panesar, currently playing for Highveld Lions in South African domestic cricket, said: "I am extremely grateful to Northamptonshire for all their support in my career so far and also for allowing me to make this move.
"I know Michael Yardy well from rooming with him on tour so I am really looking forward to working under his captaincy and with the coaching staff at Hove to help the club reclaim its Division One County Championship status and maintain its premier position in the shorter forms of the game.
"Success in this new challenge with Sussex can only improve my chances of reclaiming my place in the England standings, which is the pinnacle for any player."
Panesar claimed just 18 first-class victims at an average of 59.44 for Northants this summer.
But Sussex coach Mark Robinson is confident of revitalising a career which saw him rush to 100 Test wickets in just 28 appearances; he has taken just 25 in 11 matches since.
"I am very excited about the prospect of Monty joining us from 2010," said Robinson.
"It is testament to the club that we are able to attract a player of Monty's calibre and I am sure he will play a key part in helping us achieve our aims for the coming season."
Arsenal players boo chief-executive Ivan Gazidis after being told they would not get bonus for FA Cup triumph
Liverpool transfer news: James Milner nearing Anfield switch, but club baulk at £32.5m Christian Benteke release clause
Fifa corruption: Europe plots to stage an 'alternative World Cup' in place of Russia 2018
Betting company 'refuse to pay' after student wins £1,000 from 50p bet on Roger Federer
Arsenal fan asks the Queen for tickets to the FA Cup final - gets a reply from Buckingham Palace
- 1 Man on naked bike ride gets ejected after becoming aroused
- 3 Ann Summers survey reveals the UK's favourite sex position
- 4 Jaden Smith wears gender fluid dress to high school prom with Hunger Games actress
- 5 How much sex should I be having?
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Why this year's general election was the most unfair in Britain's history