26 May, 2019

Former England left-arm spinner Monty Panesar expressed his desire to return to cricket having been cured of the “paranoia/schizophrenia” which sidelined him over the past few years.

Panesar, 37, who was an England regular at his peak taking 167 wickets in 50 Tests — told The Daily Mail he can earn a return to first-class cricket despite being without a club since 2016.

His career has jolted since being released by Sussex in 2013 after the spinner urinated on a nightclub bouncer outside a club.

“My parents became worried. They wanted me to see someone,” Panesar said.

“I had always thought strong people couldn’t have a problem. My cricket had always gone the way I had planned it, but suddenly things started going in a direction I hadn’t experienced since childhood.

“It was a guy called Peter Gilmore who said I was suffering from paranoia/schizophrenia and that shocked me massively. Mike Brearley told me to be careful about the things I was saying to myself. Some experts thought I'd never get better but I knew I could fight it, come through it.”

Panesar now believes he has overcome his problems and remains hopeful for a return to first-class cricket.

The left armer has claimed 167 and 24 wickets in 50 Tests and 26 ODIs respectively.

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