Gough named Yorkshire cricket director

Gough named Yorkshire cricket director

2021-12-06 15:52:56

Darren Gough retired from cricket in 2008

Former England quick bowler Darren Gough has been appointed as Yorkshire’s interim managing director of cricket till the tip of the 2022 season.

A report discovered former participant Azeem Rafiq was a sufferer of “racial harassment and bullying” at Yorkshire.

Gough, who spent 15 years at Yorkshire over two spells, stated he desires to “play my half in rebuilding” the membership.

“Like many, I’ve adopted how the membership dealt with the current racism allegations with disappointment and anger,” he added.

“I wish to play my half in rebuilding cricket in Yorkshire and I’m trying ahead to working with the exceptionally proficient group of gamers right here.

“I’m additionally conscious of my wider duty to hearken to everybody and be certain that each one who is related to this membership feels welcome, instilling values we would like related to the White Rose: honesty, straight speaking, laborious work, integrity and excellence.”

Gough will begin his position instantly and has stepped down from his job as a presenter on radio station Talksport, which he has held since retiring in 2008.

He made his debut for Yorkshire in 1989 and was a part of the squad who gained the 2001 County Championship, which was the membership’s first victory in 33 years.

He left to hitch Essex as skipper in 2004 earlier than returning to Yorkshire as captain in 2007.

Gough made his Take a look at debut for England in 1994, occurring to take 229 wickets at a mean of 28.39 in 58 matches.

He performed 159 one-day internationals, taking 235 wickets – the second-most for England after James Anderson (269) – at a mean of 26.42.

In 2019, Gough was appointed as England’s quick bowling guide for the build-up to the two-Take a look at collection towards New Zealand.

“We’re delighted to welcome Darren again to the membership, and are very pleased that he has taken the job,” stated Yorkshire chairman Lord Patel.

“As a former captain of the membership, Darren’s impression on the Yorkshire and England groups was appreciable as a participant. His infectious enthusiasm and can to win can be so essential as we purpose to be the perfect on and off the pitch.

“As we begin on this journey with Darren, we wish to have interaction everybody on the membership and contain as many individuals as potential in shaping our path. We now have a substantial job forward of us, however we’re able to embrace the chance collectively and construct a brighter future for Yorkshire.”

Lord Patel grew to become Yorkshire’s chairman after Roger Hutton resigned in November throughout widespread criticism of how the membership dealt with the Rafiq case.

Rafiq, who performed for Yorkshire in two spells between 2008 and 2018, instructed a Digital, Tradition, Media and Sport choose committee that racist language was “always” used throughout his time on the membership and described English cricket as “institutionally racist”.

Rafiq detailed his experiences at Yorkshire, which left him near taking his personal life, for the primary time in September 2020. After the findings of the report have been launched a yr later, Yorkshire initially stated no-one on the membership could be disciplined.

Yorkshire introduced Moxon, head coach Andrew Gale and all members of the teaching employees had left the membership on Friday.

Gale instructed BBC Sport he’ll start a authorized combat towards the membership’s resolution to sack him.

“I share Lord Patel’s imaginative and prescient for Yorkshire and the collective willpower to face the problems head on with a collection of constructive actions,” added Gough.

“Change won’t occur in a single day, however I’m sure that we will make Headingley roar once more”.

When requested about Gough taking up earlier than the appointment was confirmed, England Take a look at captain and Yorkshire batter Joe Root stated: “He is man and I am certain he’ll be seeking to put his stamp on the job.

“From my experiences spending time with Goughie, he is clearly very passionate and educated in regards to the sport, his love for it’s clear for everybody to see and for the membership as nicely.”

Root stated he “completely” would take a name from Gough if he have been to contact him for help.

“I wish to do all the pieces I can to assist transfer the membership ahead and welcome any of these cellphone calls,” added Root.

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