England bowler Monty Panesar receives suspended one-match ban

Monty Panesar is slapped with a suspended one-match ban from County Championship action after accepting a charge of misconduct

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Monty Panesar Kevin Pietersen
Monty Panesar and Kevin Pietersen

Monty Panesar has been handed a suspended one-match ban from competing in the County Championship after the bowler accepted a misconduct charge.

The 31-year-old spin bowler became embroiled in an argument with Worcestershire batsman Ross Whiteley in September and his suspended ban will extend into the 2014 season.

A statement from the ECB read: “The ECB Cricket Discipline Commission announced today that Monty Panesar has received a suspended ban after accepting that he breached ECB Directive 3.2 in that he did not conduct himself fairly and properly on the field, following two incidents during the LV= County Championship match between Essex and Worcestershire on Tuesday 3rd – Friday 6th September in which his actions were potentially threatening and intimidating towards a member of the opposition.

“Under the summary procedure in the Cricket Discipline Commission Regulations, Panesar has accepted a suspension from one LV= County Championship match, such penalty to be suspended until the end of the 2014 season, pending any further breach of any ECB Rule, Regulation, Code or Directive.

“He has apologised for his behaviour during the match. No further comment will be made.”

Panesar, who is part of England’s squad for the Ashes in Australia, is currently without a county for next summer after his loan spell with Essex came to an end and his parent club Sussex are set to release him.

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