Long-serving Hampshire all-rounder Dimi Mascarenhas has signed a two-year contract extension with the south coast county. He has also been appointed as their Friends Life t20 captain for the coming season.
Mascarenhas joined Hampshire as an 18 year-old in 1996 and has represented them ever since, scoring over 10,000 runs and taking almost 800 wickets in all competitions during that period. He also had a spell as the club captain from 2008 to 2010 before being forced to stand down because of persistent injury problems.
However, he made his playing comeback during the 2011 season where he was successful in all formats.
Mascarenhas said of his new deal, “There was just a little bit of uncertainty about the injury and how that was going to hold up but the club’s shown faith and I’ve got through so they’ve rewarded me with another two-year deal and I’m very happy.”
Of being asked to take on the captaincy, he added, “When the opportunity came up to do this, I jumped at it because I love to be captain... We try to go out there and play aggressive cricket and win every game – that’s always our way, especially in Twenty20, so I don’t think there’s going to be a lot of difference to the way I’ve approached it in the past.”
Other County News In Brief:
Following his success in Zimbabwe’s domestic Twenty20 tournament, Durham wicket-keeper Phil Mustard has announced his intention to earn a contract with one of the South African franchises for their competition which begins in mid-February.
Shane Warne has been granted permission by Surrey CCC to use their indoor nets to practice ahead of his cricketing return for Australian side Melbourne Stars later this month.
The MCC has spent over £100,000 on upgrading their indoor school at Lord’s, with the old netting and surfaces due to be donated to Sierra Leone’s cricket association.
Geoff Boycott is favourite to take over from Ray Illingworth as president of Yorkshire CCC when the latter’s term ends in March. Dickie Bird is expected to then succeed Boycott in 2014 if everything goes to plan.
Sussex and England wicket-keeper Matt Prior has been awarded a benefit by the club for the 2012 season. Prior made his debut for the Sharks eleven years ago and said of the announcement, “I am honoured to be awarded a benefit year for 2012. I feel privileged to have been able to enjoy, and be a part of, the major success here over the past few years.”
Essex have become the latest county to alter the dates of one or more of their fixtures for next season to avoid a clash with either Euro 2012 or the Olympics. Their home match against Kent has been moved forward by six days and will now take place on 20th June.
Left-arm spinner James Sykes has signed a professional contract with Leicestershire. The 19 year-old has represented the county’s second eleven for the past three seasons, as well as playing ECB Premier League cricket for Godmanchester and Stoughton and Thurnby. He is a product of his native Huntingdonshire’s age-group set-up and has represented them since under-13 level.
Northamptonshire have appointed former Warwickshire player David Smith as their chief executive for next season. He replaces Mark Tagg, who stepped down in October. Smith has, in the past, held the same post at Leicestershire and was also on the Warwickshire committee for nine years.
Nottinghamshire’s director of cricket Mick Newell has revealed that he is targeting a hard-hitting all-rounder as one of the club’s Twenty20 overseas players for next season.
Fast bowler Mike Dunn and all-rounder Zafar Ansari have both signed contract extensions with Surrey. Dunn is now contracted until the end of the 2013 season, while Ansari has signed until the end of 2014 with the first two years on a summer contract as he completes his degree at Cambridge University.
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