County news April 21, 2009

Gough dampens comeback rumours

Cricinfo staff

Darren Gough has all but scotched rumours that he might come out of retirement to play for Yorkshire in this season's Twenty20 Cup.

Last week, Yorkshire's director of cricket Martyn Moxon was quoted as saying the county were "seriously considering" the idea, but Gough admitted a comeback is highly unlikely.

"I did chat to Yorkshire about it, they asked me if I'd be interested in playing," he told the Press Association. "I said 'never say never' but it's going to be very hard because I've got so many other things going on, it would be too hard for me to get the quality of cricket I'd need to get in.

"I wouldn't want to come back if I wasn't playing the standard of cricket I'd need to be playing. Realistically now it is only a month away and I've not really played any cricket yet, there are no plans for me to play any either so it's going to be very, very difficult, much as I would love to."