Where is former England Darren Gough heading for, post-retirement this summer? IPL, where else? It is being said that Gough might play in the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) second season beginning next year. The rumours have started building up ever since Gough was approached by an IPL official after the English ex-skipper announced his retirement from first class cricket this summer. It has been reported that the second round of meeting with the IPL official is likely to happen in a few days from now.
The meeting seems to have completely altered Darren Gough’s attitude towards the extremely shorter version of the game. He had earlier this year said that he would only consider a short-term stint at Twenty20 cricket in 2009 if he knew his body could cope with the stress. He had also opined then that he might effect a return with Yorkshire rather than with one of the IPL sides. However, at the moment, he speaks a totally different language. He feels that IPL would be worth a try.
The BBC had recently quoted Darren Gough as saying that the IPL has always been an interest for him. “I can still bowl, I’ve proved that this season, I still get a buzz from cricket and it would be nice to test myself at that level again. The 38 year old performer with the ball is the only player to bag 200 wickets for England in one-day internationals. He feels that the IPL would be a great buzz for him.
Darren Gough is expected to play at least s a replacement for some other player in one of the teams. However, that may not be what the former England skipper wants. In his own words, “every single cricketer wants to play in the IPL and there’s not so many places available this year. I could have gone last year on a short-term deal. Now I’m retired it would be an ideal thing.”
Now that Darren Gough has made up his mind, it just remains to be seen whose place he would take in one of the famed line ups who look to create T20 history in 2009.