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Gough in talks with IPL


Darren Gough has said he is in talks to join the Indian Premier League next year after finishing his first-class career with Yorkshire.

Gough played his final Championship match against Somerset, at Scarborough, before sitting out the last round matches as Yorkshire battled to Division One safety. He had already hinted that he may yet return to the domestic Twenty20 tournament next season, and now a trip to India is looking likely.

“The IPL would be a great buzz for me and I need cricket to be a buzz. It’s something I know I could do,” he told BBC Sport. “I would do the [full IPL programme of] six weeks, but realistically it might be a short-term deal as a replacement for someone else. Every single cricketer wants to play in the IPL and there’s not so many places available this year.”

If Gough joins he will be just the second English player to take part in the IPL, following Dimitri Mascarenhas’ short stint with eventually champions Rajasthan Royals.

However, Lalit Modi, the IPL commissioner, says he expects more England players during the second event which starts next April. “As for the influx of English players I am certain that the Indian Premier League will definitely see the likes of Flintoff and Pietersen playing next year,” he told the Press Association.

While Gough won’t have an issue making time to take part in the IPL, current internationals like Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen will find it more of a squeeze. England’s one-day series against West Indies doesn’t finish until early April and a two-Test series against Sri Lanka is due to begin on May 7 at Lord’s.

“As far as the IPL is concerned, we are continuing to negotiate,” Hugh Morris, the managing director of England cricket, said earlier this month. “We have drafted a document that we are taking forward, saying if players are allowed to go to unauthorised events, then on what conditions they are allowed.”

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