Monty Panesar reveals hopes of county cricket comeback

Former England star Monty Panesar says he “would love” to make a return to professional cricket and will explore opportunities when the sport restarts in the coming months.

Panesar has not played first-class cricket for over three years but has not yet given up hopes of making a comeback as he continues to delay his retirement.

He last played in England’s county cricket set-up for Northamptonshire in 2016 having re-joined them in an attempt to reignite his career, however his time there was short-lived and he has since spent time as a bowling consultant with Cricket Australia, while a rumoured move to Indian side Puducherry for the 2019/20 Ranji Trophy failed to materialise.

The suspension of the season due to the coronavirus pandemic has provided Panesar with fresh hope of finding a new team, though, with the spin bowler admitting that he is looking to find a way back into the game when it is back up and running.

Looking ahead to England’s upcoming Test series with Sri Lanka in an interview with Sky Sports, the now 38-year-old said: “I think in general, you should feel honoured and privileged to wear that England shirt, it doesn’t matter what circumstances they are.

“I think most players would love to get back playing again, I would love to get back playing again.

“I’m always looking out for news on the county cricket system and I’m always looking out for when the domestic season will start, they say it’s [going to be] 1st August, so I’ll look to see if I can get playing as well professionally.”