Cricket AM: Hampshire's Dimitri Mascarenhas eager to become coach

Last Updated: 04/08/13 10:40am

Dimitri Mascarenhas told Cricket AM that he is hoping to move into coaching when he hangs up his bat at the end of the season.

The all-rounder has announced that he will retire due to injury at the culmination of the 2013 campaign, severing, as a player at least, his 17-year association with his one and only county Hampshire.

However, the Royals skipper - who figured in 20 ODIs and 14 T20Is for England and also showcased his talent in the IPL for the Rajasthan Royals- says he now wants to pass on his knowledge to cricket's rising stars.

"I think that is probably the next pathway for me, focussing specifically on bowling."

Dimi Mascarenhas on coaching

"I am enjoying watching some of our young boys whack it around and I would love to get into coaching and give something back," said the Chiswick-born player, who took charge of Hampshire in 2008.

"I think that is probably the next pathway for me, focussing specifically on bowling, and while it would be nice for that to be at Hampshire I haven't done a lot of exploring into that just yet.

Hampshire won the Friends Provident Trophy in 2009 and last year's Clydesdale Bank Trophy under Mascarenhas' stewardship, and are primed to reach the knockout stages of the domestic 40-over competition, now titled the YB40, this summer, too.

The Royals also claimed the Friends Life t20 title in 2010 and 2012 and Mascarenhas reckons professional cricket's shortest format has propelled the game to greater heights since its inception in 2003.


"Twenty20 is fast - it only lasts for three hours - it is fun and allows you to try and slog a few [deliveries] out of the park, but it has made cricket a better game," he said.

"Bowlers have had to learn new skills and batters have got better, too; they are now playing reverse sweeps and ramp shots - and have taken that into Test cricket."

Mascarenhas has witnessed plenty of change at Hampshire since he made his debut in 1996, most notably the move to the swanky Ageas Bowl, which hosted a Test match between England and Sri Lanka in 2011.

And he paid tribute to Royals chairman Rod Bransgrove for the part he played in guiding the county into a stadium deemed fit to host international cricket.

"When I played at Northlands Road sixes used to go into houses and flats but you now need a pretty big hit to lose a ball at The Ageas Bowl!" added Mascarenhas.

"Rod has done an amazing job; he has created a new place for us, where the wicket is great, it's amazing to play and let's hope we can get another Test match there in years to come."

Hit the video above to hear more from Mascarenhas and to see some of Hampshire's new-fangled training techniques.