Gough ends speculation, to stay with Yorkshire

Published: Monday, December 3, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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London: England fast bowler Darren Gough has agreed to see out his contract with Yorkshire next season, the county cricket club confirmed on Sunday.

The announcement ends speculation that the 31-year-old Gough was ready to quit Headingley. Gough had said he is thinking about leaving the county because of what he claimed was an internal whispering campaign designed to force him to quit Headingley. Many Yorkshire members are unhappy that Gough, who has an England central contract, played just two championship matches in the title winning campaign, even though the county had granted him a tax free benefit last season.

Gough's decision to move house to Buckinghamshire, Southern England, angered many Yorkshire traditionalists who wondered why a base in the Northern county was no longer good enough. But the club said in a statement Sunday, "Darren Gough has today confirmed that he will continue his career with Yorkshire. "His existing contract has a year to run, and the club (officials) have indicated their willingness to extend the contract when the existing term expires

" The statement continued, "It has been a difficult time for him personally with a heavy international programme, his benefit activities and persistent press comment as to his future with the club. "The county has acknowledged Darren's significant contribution to Yorkshire cricket over many years both on and off the field and which has included raising the profile and standards of cricket throughout Yorkshire and elsewhere."

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