Dunedin, New Zealand (4E Sports) – Otago has named former England international Dimitri Mascarenhas as its new head coach.
“We are delighted to have secured someone of Dimi’s experience in the game at the top level and it is particularly comforting to know he is very familiar with our players, environment and facilities,” said Otago Cricket CEO Ross Dykes.
Dykes said Mascarenhas’ tactical awareness and his ability to build relationships set him apart from a very strong field of candidates.
“His proven ability to work with bowlers and his positive approach to the game make him an ideal coach to partner with Nathan King and take the Volts to the next level. Dimi and Nathan have very compatible skills and this was another compelling factor in the decision,” he added.
“I am really excited about the opportunity to be a head coach and am delighted that it is with Otago. I really enjoyed my time playing there and believe that the culture within that environment is well suited to my way of doing things,” Mascarenhas said.
A medium pace bowler and hard hitting middle order bat, Mascarenhas chalked up over 10,000 runs and 900 wickets across all forms of the game.
Mascarenhas has 34 appearances in limited overs cricket for England and a long-term captain of Hampshire. He played overseas for the Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab in the IPL, Melbourne Stars and Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash, Rangpur Riders in Bangladesh and Otago and Wellington.
Mascarenhas was the Volts overseas player for two seasons including their successful 2009 Twenty20 campaign and subsequent trip to the Champions League in India later that year.
In recent seasons, Mascarenhas has begun the transition to coaching, completing a ECB level three coaching qualification and holding player coach roles at Hampshire, Rajasthan and Hobart.