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Gough approached by rival leagues

Former England fast bowler and Yorkshire captain Darren Gough claimed yesterday he has been approached by the promoters of both the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Indian Cricket League (ICL), to play for their teams.

Players turning out for the ICL is currently banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

"I am keeping my options open," the 37 year-old Gough told Gulf News. He is in Abu Dhabi to play in the Arch Trophy, a six-team tournament, featuring five English County teams and the UAE national side.

"I will play for Yorkshire this year. After September, I'll decide whether I want to play for IPL, ICL or continue with County cricket," said Gough.

"I am returning to the game after a break and I am thoroughly enjoying it."

Gough went wicketless on Tuesday night, conceding 56 runs in his 10 overs in a 50-over a side game between Yorkshire and Somerset, which Yorkshire won comfortably by 51 runs.

He said he doesn't expect to be called up to play for England again, though he's yet to officially call time on his international career.

Gough, who played 58 Tests between 1994 and 2003, has claimed 229 Test wickets. In one-day Internationals, his haul is 235 wickets from 159 games. Gough last played a Test match for England in 2003, while the England versus Pakistan match at Lord's in September 2006 turned out to be his last one-day international match.

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