Barnsley man Darren Gough has been named Yorkshire CCC's new director of cricket, replacing fellow former Monk Bretton CC player Martyn Moxon.

Gough, 51, will give up his role with TalkSport to return to Headingley where he played for 15 years while also representing England.

The appointment is on an interim basis for the 2022 season.

Moxon, from Stairfoot, was one of 16 staff members sacked last week in reaction to the racism scandal brought to light by former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq, who is also from Barnsley.

Darren Gough said: “Yorkshire County Cricket Club has been part of my life since my earliest days in cricket when I made my debut in 1989, and I spent 15 happy years at the club. Like many, I have followed how the Club handled the recent racism allegations with sadness and anger.

“I want to play my part in rebuilding cricket in Yorkshire and I am looking forward to working with the exceptionally talented group of players here. I am also aware of my wider responsibility to listen to everyone and ensure that every person who is associated with this club feels welcome, instilling values we want associated with the White Rose: honesty, straight talking, hard work, integrity and excellence.

“I share Lord Patel’s vision for Yorkshire County Cricket Club, and the collective determination to face the issues head on with a series of positive actions. Change will not happen overnight, but I am certain that we can make Headingley roar again”.

Chairman Lord Patel said: “We are delighted to welcome Darren back to the club, and are very happy that he has taken the job.

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“As a former Captain of the Club, Darren’s impact on the Yorkshire and England teams was considerable as a player. His infectious enthusiasm and will to win will be so important as we aim to be the best on and off the pitch.

“As we start on this journey with Darren, we want to engage everyone at the Club and involve as many people as possible in shaping our direction. We have a considerable job ahead of us, but we are ready to embrace the opportunity together and build a brighter future for Yorkshire County Cricket Club”.