Panesar puzzled by transfers
Monty Panesar has questioned Northamptonshire's decision to let two English spinners leave the club.
Last Updated: 21/11/09 9:43am
England reject Monty Panesar has questioned Northamptonshire's decision to let two English spinners leave the club following his move to Sussex.
The off-spinner joins fellow left-armer Graeme White out the door at Wantage Road after Northants opted to keep faith with South African slow bowler Nicky Boje.
White has joined Nottinghamshire and Panesar, who lost his central contract this year, said: "I felt Northants were no longer working with me to become an England player.
"The bizarre thing is that they have also lost Graeme White to Notts, so they have lost two England-qualified, locally-produced players in favour of Nicky Boje, a South African.
"It was down to money. They had budgeted for me being an ECB centrally contracted player. They also have Boje as captain.
"I thought that I needed to be playing a dominant role in the team's success, and being made to feel welcome is part of the process."
Panesar, currently playing for the Highveld Lions in South Africa, is now looking to get his career back on track at Sussex.
The 27-year-old, who made his Northamptonshire debut in 2001, said: "I loved playing for Northants.
"I regarded it as my home club but I had to go to where I was most wanted, and where it was best for my cricket in the short, medium and the long term.
"Sussex has a good support staff and has a reputation for having a family feel to it. They are successful.
"I like the captain, Michael Yardy, too. I roomed him with him with England A.
"He was really keen for me to go to Sussex and replace Mushy (Mushtaq Ahmed) as a match-winning spinner."
Northamptonshire coach David Capel told The Guardian he felt Panesar's comments were unfair, adding: "Monty played just about every match for us last season and we worked very hard on his game.
"He was usually our first spinner in the team although Graeme White was pushing him hard at times.
"We did persist with him although he bowled over 400 overs and took only 18 wickets at nearly 60 apiece.
"The club and everyone here was working with him to get him back in the England team.
"What he might have been alluding to is that our wickets here at Northampton have changed in character.
"They are no longer spinning tracks but have more pace and bounce."