Thursday 14 February 2008 

Kent's Min Patel Announces Retirement

Kent spinner Min Patel has announced his retirement from the game with immediate effect. Patel, 37, made his debut for Kent in 1989, and went on to score 3,945 first-class runs and took 630 wickets.

He played two Tests for England in 1996 against India, claiming Sanjay Manjrekar as his only Test victim.

Patel, a left-arm spinner, commented, "It has been an honour to represent Kent for the best part of 20 years. While I feel mentally capable of carrying on, the body has said that 'enough is enough!' I would like to thank the whole of the organisation (from management to players and all the backroom staff) for their support.

"I wish Rob Key and his team continued success on the field and hope they build on a terrific 2007, and to Graham Johnson and his team on their goal of taking Kent to new heights off the field."

Graham Johnson, the Club’s Chairman of Cricket added:

"I would like to pay tribute on behalf of everyone who supports Kent cricket to the contribution Min Patel has made over his career. He has been a top class spinner, very handy batsman and a shrewd tactician who has played at the highest level. But for some serious injuries I am sure he would have had more opportunities to play for his country.

"The way he overcame his injuries and his approach to the game are testament to his character and his love of the game. It is sad that injury has meant he will not go out of the game in the way he would want - finishing his career winning trophies with his Club. We will miss his skills for there are few spinners of his quality in the World let alone in England. We wish Min every success in his future career and hope he is a regular visitor to our grounds."