England spinner Monty Panesar hasBadmitted that he thought he had destroyed his international career after being fined for urinating on a nightclub doorman. The incident occurred two months ago, after Panesar was asked to leave a club in Brighton on the English south coast. “My first reaction was that I’d just thrown my England career away, maybe even my whole cricket career. I felt very lonely and very depressed. It was a very dark time,” said Panesar, speaking to British weekly newspaper The Mail on Sunday. He says that he regrets the incident, but insists that it was not a deliberate act.
“I know it looks terrible, but I wasn’t as drunk as people believe. Yes, I’d had a lot to drink, but I wasn’t paralytic. I was asked to leave and then got caught short. The next thing I knew the bouncers were shouting at me and running after me. I swear I didn’t see them and I had no intention of purposefully urinating on them or near them. To be honest, I barely went (urinated) at all and I’m pretty sure I didn’t hit them,” he said, before adding: “The next morning I woke up and thought, ‘What have I done?’”
Titans take on T&T
With the race for the lone available semi-final spot from Group B intensifying, Trinidad and Tobago will face a fired up opponent in the Titans in their Champions League Twenty20 match on Monday. Titans are placed second on the points table with two wins from three matches (eight points) while T&T are stuck in mid-table traffic after suffering an unlikely defeat at the hands of Thisara Perera and Sunrisers Hyderabad on September 24 in Mohali. Another win for Titans will ensure their safe passage to the semi-finals with a game to play against 2013 IPL finalists. Chennai Super Kings in Delhi on October 2. A T&T victory, on the other hand, will open up the group. In their previous game against Sunrisers, Titans skipper Henry Davids and Jacques Rudolph put on a century stand to lead their side to a crushing eight-wicket win in Ranchi.