County news September 10, 2008

Gough considers Twenty20 offer

Cricinfo staff

More good times? Darren Gough is meant to be retiring, but it may be the case © Getty Images
Darren Gough's final appearance at Headingley before retirement ended in a sodden abandonment against Warwickshire, but the Yorkshire supporters may not have seen the last of him after all.

He has been approached by Yorkshire, and a few other counties, to play Twenty20 next season and says he will consider the offers after the winter. The IPL has also come calling. Retirement in the modern game doesn't always mean the end.

"Yorkshire are keen for me to play for them next year in Twenty20 and I've had a couple of offers from other counties," Gough told the Yorkshire Post.

"If I am going to play Twenty20 next year, then realistically it would be for Yorkshire, but I've just told the club to plan ahead as normal and we'll see where we are next March," he added. "I'll have to see how I feel after the winter because my body might be 100 per cent by then or it might be in bits, but I'm not going to rush into anything.

"It will come down to what is right for both parties at the time. It might not be right for Yorkshire or for me, but if Yorkshire do need someone and I'm okay, then I'm an obvious candidate."

Gough's Championship appearances have become fewer and fewer during his final season but he has remained a regular in one-day cricket. Typical of Gough he still believes he can perform in limited-overs cricket and is weighting up an IPL deal.

"I've also had a lot of IPL interest because they know I can still perform in the one-day game," he said.