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Ex-England pacer Gough appointed managing director of cricket at Yorkshire

04:22 PM Dec 06, 2021 | FPJ Web Desk

Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC) on Monday announced the appointment of former England pacer Darren Gough as the Managing Director of cricket at the club on an interim basis.

Gough's appointment, as of now, will initially run until the conclusion of the 2022 season.

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Gough, who was seen as the frontrunner for the post, will start his work at the club from Monday itself and has relinquished his work as a host and lead cricket commentator with TalkSport.

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In 58 Tests for England, Gough picked 229 wickets at an average of 28.39.

"Yorkshire County Cricket Club has been part of my life since my earliest days in cricket when I made my debut in 1989, and I spent 15 happy years at the Club. Like many, I have followed how the Club handled the recent racism allegations with sadness and anger.

"I want to play my part in rebuilding cricket in Yorkshire and I am looking forward to working with the exceptionally talented group of players here," said Gough in a statement.

His appointment is seen as a huge stepping stone for Yorkshire to come out from the racism scandal caused by Azeem Rafiq's allegations and the extensive aftermath that resulted in sponsors cutting ties and 16 members of coaching staff, including previous director of cricket, Martyn Moxon, and head coach Andrew Gale, leaving the club last Friday.

Gough's first task will be to oversee the recruitment of a new coaching staff at Yorkshire.

"I am also aware of my wider responsibility to listen to everyone and ensure that every person who is associated with this club feels welcome, instilling values we want associated with the White Rose: honesty, straight talking, hard work, integrity and excellence. I share Lord Patel's vision for Yorkshire County Cricket Club, and the collective determination to face the issues head on with a series of positive actions. Change will not happen overnight, but I am certain that we can make Headingley roar again," added Gough, who claimed 453 first-class wickets in his two spells (1989 to 2003 and 2007 to 2008) at Yorkshire.

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