Darren Gough Urges County Sides to Not Sign Disgraced Aussie Trio

Prabhangad Singh / 24 April 2018
Darren Gough

Former England fast bowler Darren Gough has slammed Surrey's coach for suggesting to sign Steven Smith or David Warner

Days after Surrey coach, Michael Di Venuto suggested the county club would have no hesitation in signing either Steven Smith or David Warner for the season ahead; he has been slammed by former England fast bowler Darren Gough for thinking of signing the banned players.

Both Smith and Warner along with opening batsman Cameron Bancroft have been banned by Cricket Australia for ball-tampering in South Africa.

Darren Gough
CA has suspended Warner, Smith and Bancroft. Image Courtesy: Twitter

Smith and Warner have been handed a 12-month ban while the latter has been handed a nine-month ban.

However, all three of them are permitted to play in overseas domestic competitions.

Cameron Bancroft, Darren Gough
Cameron Bancroft’s Surrey contract was also cancelled. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Before the Surrey coach made any such statement, Smith and Warner’s multi-million dollar contracts for the Indian Premier League were ripped.

On the other hand, Bancroft who was supposed to play with Somerset in the county season also got excluded from the squad.

Michael Di Venuto, Darren Gough
Michael Di Venuto who played for Australia is Surrey’s current coach. Image Courtesy: Twitter

However, former England bowler Darren Gough has made it clear that he is strongly against any of the two suspended Australians playing county cricket.

“I was absolutely gobsmacked when I heard that Surrey coach Michael Di Venuto said he would be keen to sign one of Australia’s banned Test stars. I do think there has been an overreaction regarding the bans, but once they got the 12-month bans from Cricket Australia, I would be hugely disappointed if one of the counties – as a Yorkshire fan – employed one of those three this season. Next season, I would have no issue with it. They will have then served their ban. But not this season.”

Gough was also furious on Venuto after the Australian said that allowing Smith and Warner to play in county cricket would help Australian cricket.

Also Read: David Warner Becomes Construction Worker After Facing Ban from Cricket

With the next Ashes to be played in England in 2019, Gough was disappointed by Venuto’s statement.

Darren Gough
Darren Gough has slammed Di Venuto’s suggestion to sign Smith or Warner. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

“What disappointed me most about what Di Venuto said was that he actually stated that bringing in one of those three would benefit Australian cricket. I am not bothered about benefiting Australian cricket. Why would one of our coaches in this country want to benefit their cricket with the Ashes coming up here next year?” 

“This year, with everything that has gone on, I think it would be a bad move for a county to take them.”