Dimi weighs up coaching prospects

Hampshire's Dimi Mascarenhas Picture: Barry Zee
Hampshire's Dimi Mascarenhas Picture: Barry Zee
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Dimi Mascarenhas has revealed he is considering a move into coaching when he finishes his illustrious playing career.

The long-serving Hampshire player is out of contract at the end of the season and it remains unclear whether he will be back at the Ageas Bowl in 2014.

The 35-year-old made his first-class debut in 1996.

Since then, Mascarenhas has played 20 one-day internationals and made 13 t20 appearances for England – and scored more than 6,000 runs and taken 446 wickets in first-class cricket.

But while the all-rounder insists he has not yet given much thought to his options when the curtain finally comes down on his career, he has clearly started exploring the possibilities of becoming a coach.

‘I haven’t thought a huge amount about it but I’m not getting any younger,’ said Mascarenhas.

‘I’ve got a one-year contract and we will see how that goes.

‘I’m in the process of finishing off my coaching level three badge and that is the easy thing to go into after you finish playing.

‘Some cricketers go off and do something totally different.

‘And I never thought in the last 10 years of getting into coaching.

‘But the year I didn’t play through injury, Giles White wanted me here to help out with the bowlers.

‘That meant I travelled with the team and I really enjoyed it.

‘You never know – we’ll see, I guess.’

Mascarenhas will lead the Hampshire Royals when their defence of the Friends Life t20 kicks off next month.

And he has shown in the Yorkshire Bank 40 competition that he still remains a real handful as a bowler.

With his vast experience and knowledge, the former England man would surely be a welcome addition to the coaching ranks at the Ageas Bowl when the time comes.

And he believes it will offer real satisfaction.

‘Coaching is not just a case of telling players what they should be doing,’ said Mascarenhas.

‘It’s just a case of trying to help them become better cricketers.

‘In that respect, if I can help someone become better, it feels pretty good to do that.’

But even though his future is up in the air, Mascarenhas still has ambitions to play his part for the county this year.

He said: ‘I’m just going game by game at the moment.

‘We’ve been a successful one-day side and I would really like to contribute to four-day cricket as well.

‘The past two years, I have only played five or six games in each of those years and I want to play more in the Championship.

‘I’ve got an opportunity to play a similar amount or even more this year and to play a big role in getting us promoted, which would be nice.’

Meanwhile, day one of Hampshire’s Championship division two clash at Northamptonshire was a total washout yesterday.

Constant rain at Wantage Road saw play abandoned without a single ball bowled.

The teams will try again today.