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

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Monty Panesar is bidding to revive his stalled career.

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 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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Prospect of time in the middle convinces Smith to make late call on CPL

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Steve Smith is set to undergo his maiden stint in the CPL.

Steve Smith was all set to give the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) a pass before a late change of mind convinced him to sign up for a maiden stint in West Indies’ T20 league.

The banned Australia batsman made his return to competitive cricket recently in the inaugural Global T20 Canada. That was Smith’s first participation in any competition since he was handed a 12-month suspension from international and domestic cricket by Cricket Australia for his role in the ball-tampering scandal that occurred in Newlands.

Following his stint in Canada, Smith was all set to take a break from cricket once again as he finalized his wedding plans with partner Dani Willis. However, the prospect of time in the middle was enough to persuade the former Australia skipper to change his mind and sign up with the Barbados Tridents.

Smith recently took part in the inaugural Global T20 Canada.

Smith recently took part in the inaugural Global T20 Canada.

“It was a relatively late change of heart but there weren’t any financial incentives,” CPL chief executive Pete Russell stated.

“In consultation with his manager and wife-to-be, I think they decided he just needed playing time. He wanted to play hard cricket, get back into the swing of it and also fly under the radar.

“You don’t get hassled by anybody in the Caribbean, that was a large part of it. If this were an opportunity in England for example, there’d be more of that.”

Smith will be joined by fellow banned Australia batsman David Warner in the CPL with the left-handed opener set to turn out for the St. Lucia Stars.

The CPL gets underway on August 8 at the Queen’s Park Oval with Warner’s St. Lucia Stars taking on the Trinbago Knight Riders.

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Sri Lanka Cricket scrap plans to hold T20 league similar to the IPL

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The new T20 tournament will feature local players instead.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have shelved plans to hold an Indian Premier League style T20 league in the country.

Sri Lanka had launched the Lanka Premier League (LPL) in 2012 but the tournament immediately ran into financial woes before being abandoned. Plans were on to revive that league this year with Sri Lanka eyeing an IPL-style league filled with overseas stars.

However, on Thursday, a SLC official confirmed that the plans to hold such a league had been scrapped for now with a tournament featuring local players from Sri Lanka now planned instead.

“There will be no foreign players, but our own international cricketers will play in the four teams that will take part,” the SLC official was quoted as saying by AFP.

“The new league will nurture emerging local talent by giving young players the opportunity to play alongside the island’s best,” the official added.

Elections for SLC had been suspended by Sri Lanka's Court of Appeal.

Elections for SLC had been suspended by Sri Lanka’s Court of Appeal.

The Lanka Premier League 2018 was supposed to get underway in August this year but a decision to postpone it indefinitely was taken last month.  The governing body had announced that they would wait to take a call on the league until a new board was elected in SLC.

The SLC is currently being managed by an interim management body appointed by Sports Minister Faiszer Musthapha ever since Sri Lanka’s Court of Appeal suspended elections for the board in May this year.

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