LONDON (REUTERS) - Monty Panesar is to leave county side Sussex after the club launched an investigation into the troubled England spinner being fined by police for urinating in public.
The 31-year-old, who is not in the latest England squad for the Ashes series against Australia, will go off the Sussex payroll at the end of the season next month and will go on loan to a second-tier team until then.
"Clearly this season has been a very difficult time for Monty Panesar," Zac Toumazi, chief executive of Sussex Cricket, said in a statement on Monday.
"Having reviewed the whole situation the club has agreed that Monty be released from his contract.
"This will give him every opportunity to put his personal and professional life back on track."
Panesar has been England's back-up Test spinner in recent years but Lancashire left-armer Simon Kerrigan was picked alongside main spinner Graeme Swann in the squad for this week's fifth and final Ashes Test at the Oval starting on Wednesday.
England lead Australia 3-0, having won their third straight series.