Hampshire coy on Dimi coaching job

Dimi Mascarenhas salutes the crowd after his final spell for the Hampshire this summer. Picture: Neil Marshall
Dimi Mascarenhas salutes the crowd after his final spell for the Hampshire this summer. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Giles White has refused to confirm whether Dimi Mascarenhas is in the frame to join the Hampshire coaching staff.

The long-serving all-rounder announced his retirement at the end of last season after a glittering 17-year career.

But with White taking on the role of director of cricket in a coaching reshuffle, the club is now looking for a new first-team coach.

Mascarenhas has made it clear he wants to move into coaching and would seem to fit the bill, having such a long association with Hampshire.

The one sticking point is that it may be simply too soon for him in terms of experience.

There has also been plenty of outside interest in the position, and former wicketkeeper Nic Pothas – now director of cricket at Guernsey – has also been mentioned.

But White would not be drawn on who had applied.

He said: ‘It’s confidential and we’re going through the process.

‘We haven’t put a time frame on it. The key is that we find the right person who fits into the team and the coaching staff. It needs to be someone we can work with.

‘We’re looking to get a new coach in to work with the team day to day.’

While it is a subtle change to the coaching structure, White will still be directly involved with the first team.

He said: ‘The brief that I have is quite broad in terms of contracts, recruitment and planning. I was quite stretched.

‘I feel it’s the right time that we introduce a coach to give me freedom to look at the strategic side of the club.

‘I will still be involved day to day, but it will give me more freedom to oversee the club as a whole.

‘I suspect that I will still be selecting the side alongside the coach and the captain and working closely with them, rather than stepping away completely.

‘It’s something we’ve discussed for a number of years but the budget hasn’t allowed.

‘I’ve been keen for it to happen for a couple of years so I’m delighted we are able to do it.

‘It’s a similar structure to a lot of the other counties.’

– STEVE WILSON