Rod Bransgrove believes Hampshire are bidding goodbye to one of their greatest-ever players in Dimi Mascarenhas.
The all-rounder will retire from cricket at the end of the season – his 18th on the county’s books.
During that time he has established himself as an integral part of Hampshire’s various silverware-winning teams and also represented England.
Hampshire chairman Bransgrove said: ‘Dimi has been a very important player, but his influence extends off the field as well.
‘He is the symbolism of what is good about Hampshire Cricket and will be hugely missed when he leaves us at the end of the season.
‘I have to say, they are big boots to fill – and I don’t think one person can fill all the roles he performed. Batsman, bowler, all-round influence, team icon – he did them all.
‘When people from other counties reflect on what epitomises Hampshire it is probably Dimi in one-day clothing. He is symbolic of our county.
‘Dimi will be regarded as one of the great Hampshire players, for sure.
‘I have never talked with an agent representing him, he has never whinged about money. We may not have agreed on everything but he has just got on with it with no problem at all.
‘That says it all about Dimi. He is the most straight-forward person you could ever imagine.
‘I would say he is the last of a breed and everyone at Hampshire Cricket will miss him tremendously.’
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