England left-arm spinner Monty Panesar is eyeing to play Ranji Trophy in the upcoming season. He made his international debut in 2016 against India for England and the last appearance for England in 2013. Monty Panesar played 50 tests for England and took 167 wickets at an average of 34.71, in that, he picked 12 five wicket-haul. He played only 26 ODI for England and picked 24 wickets at an average 40.83. Monty failed to contain his spot in the England team, and he became an in or out member of the team.
Now Monty Panesar is trying to return in the professional cricket to play for Puducherry in Ranji Trophy 2019/20.
“I am still trying to play professional cricket, but I have not found a County (team) yet. I am still working hard to find a County. I may try and play Ranji Trophy this year. I think there is one team — Puducherry — that allows overseas players to play,” Monty Panesar was quoted as saying by The Telegraph newspaper.
Asked about the possibility of Panesar’s inclusion in the squad, a Puducherry team official said: “Three outstation players have been finalised. But there’s no clue regarding Monty’s inclusion.” Karnataka’s R. Vinay Kumar, Tamil Nadu’s Arun Karthik and Paras Dogra from Himachal Pradesh are set to play for Puducherry in Ranji Trophy 2019/20.
West Indies legend Alvin Kallicharan will be the mentor of the team when the season gets underway, while D. Rohit is scheduled to lead the side.
“The spinners have played an important role in England’s World Cup win. There’s certainly an amazing diversity in this English side… You’ve got an Irishman, players of New Zealand and Pakistani origins, and it shows that a team with such diversity can really be strong,” he said.