Darren Gough is to leave behind his successful broadcasting career to spearhead Yorkshire’s recovery from the racism crisis that has rocked cricket.
The former England fast bowler, as revealed by Sportsmail on Saturday, is to become director of cricket at the county he served with such distinction in two spells.
It means Gough will give up his time as a highly regarded presenter on talkSPORT, which includes his role as an insightful pundit on their live cricket coverage, to begin the healing process after Azeem Rafiq’s accusations of institutionalised racism at Headingley.
Darren Gough is to leave his broadcasting career to become Yorkshire’s director of cricket
The former England fast bowler has come in after Yorkshire sacked 16 coaches this week
And it is a coup for new Yorkshire chair Lord Patel, who has recruited one of Yorkshire’s most famous and charismatic sons after sacking 16 members of coaching and management staff in a brutal process.
Gough got a taste of the coaching bug when he was recruited by England’s Chris Silverwood as a bowling consultant on the tour of New Zealand two years ago, when his work led to a huge improvement in particular to Chris Woakes’ skills overseas.
Now Gough, who has spoken with eloquence about the ordeal of his friend Rafiq at Yorkshire, has the huge task of salvaging his county’s integrity.
Gough’s first move will be to try to persuade former Yorkshire team-mate Anthony McGrath, who coached Essex to the Championship in 2019 and Bob Willis Trophy in 2020, to return to Headingley as coach.
Yorkshire chairman Lord Patel has hired one of Yorkshire’s most famous and charismatic sons