Now the 25-year-old fast bowler, sacked by Sussex two days after the TCCB ruling, is considering offers to play in South Africa, the West Indies and Australia, and may even play a summer of Lancashire league cricket next year.
"I was extremely saddened by the TCCB's decision. While I still protest my innocence I will not be appealing," he said.
"Instead, I intend to carry out the suspension with dignity and use the 20 months to improve my game. I feel increasing my level of fitness can prolong my game for three or four years.
"I trust and hope the TCCB will not bear a grudge against me and treat me fairly because I want to play cricket again at the highest level in 1998."
"I just want to make sure that cricket people don't forget about me. On April 1, 1998, I don't want to creep back into the game. I hope to be fitter and better than before and to force my way into the England team."
Giddins insisted he is desperate to keep playing and sees next season as a a depressing prospect. "I'm already missing playing for Sussex and imagine it will be even worse next summer," he explained. I would have loved to have stayed with the County but it wasn't possible."
The pace bowler, who toured Pakistan with England A last winter, added he has been heartened by messages of support from Sussex followers.Reuse content