Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Darren Gough appointed Yorkshire Cricket MD with immediate effect. Gough has been appointed on an interim basis.
Gough has been appointed on an interim basis.
Former England pacer Darren Gough was on Monday (December 6) named Managing Director of Yorkshire Cricket on interim basis, until the end of the 2022 season, the club said in a statement.
“Given recent events, the Board has moved to appoint Darren to ensure immediate continuity and stability,” the statement read noting that Gough will be relinquishing his media duties as a leading commentator on TalkSport.
Working with the Club, Gough's immediate priorities include overseeing the recruitment of a new coaching team.
“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,” Gough said.
“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. 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”.
Professor The Lord Patel of Bradford OBE, Chair of Yorkshire County Cricket Club said: “We are delighted to welcome Darren back to the Club, and are very happy that he has taken the job.
“As a former Captain of the Club, Darren's impact on the Yorkshire and England teams was considerable as a player. His infectious enthusiasm and will to win will be so important as we aim to be the best on and off the pitch.
“As we start on this journey with Darren, we want to engage everyone at the Club and involve as many people as possible in shaping our direction. We have a considerable job ahead of us, but we are ready to embrace the opportunity together and build a brighter future for Yorkshire County Cricket Club”.
In his domestic career, Gough played for Yorkshire for 15 years and was a member of the 2001 County championship winning team. After captaining Essex, he returned to lead Yorkshire in 2007 and 2008 before retiring at the end of that season.
Gough made history as England's first cricketer to take over 200 (235) wickets in ODIs and is the only Englishman in a century to get a Test hat-trick against Australia in Australia, in 1998.
Gough is also a ECB Level 3 certified coach, and has held coaching positions with the ECB as Consultancy Bowling Coach to England in 2017 and 2019.