Dimi handed New Zealand coaching role

Former Hampshire captain Dimi Mascarenhas Picture: Neil Marshall
Former Hampshire captain Dimi Mascarenhas Picture: Neil Marshall
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Former Hampshire captain Dimi Mascarenhas will be New Zealand’s bowling coach for this summer’s Test and limited-overs series with England.

Mascarenhas, who played 20 one-day internationals and 14 t20s for England, will replace Shane Bond as the Kiwis’ bowling coach once the World Cup co-hosts and unbeaten quarter-finalists have finished their campaign in the global tournament.

The 37-year-old is already an experienced coach and is currently the head coach of the SBS Otago Volts in New Zealand.

‘After being in New Zealand for only a year, to have an opportunity like this come up is pretty special, and I am honoured to be chosen for this position,’ said Mascarenhas.

‘Bondy has done an extremely good job with his bowling unit – they have operated with real pace, skill and tactical awareness.

‘During this World Cup they have been phenomenal, and I am looking forward to working with those guys to keep developing them and helping them achieve success on the international stage.’

After being in New Zealand for only a year, to have an opportunity like this come up is pretty special, and I am honoured to be chosen for this position,

Dimi Mascarenhas

Former all-rounder Mascarenhas added his knowledge of English cricket will be handy on his return this summer.

‘I am newly out of the scene there as a player and I know most of the guys in the current team very well.

‘The new guys I have played a lot with in county cricket, and I know all the grounds we are playing at intimately.

‘So those factors will be useful in terms of the scouting and bowling plans.’

Mascarenhas spent 17 seasons with Hampshire before his retirement from county cricket in 2013.

Meanwhile, Hampshire youngster Joe Weatherley has been appointed captain for the England under-19s’ tour of Australia.

The opening batsman will be joined in the touring party by Ageas Bowl team-mates Brad Taylor and Mason Crane, who are both spinners.

‘I was looking forward to the tour anyway and the captaincy is an added dimension,’ said Weatherley.