All-rounder, Dimitri Mascarenhas, has signed a two-year extension to his contract with the Hampshire County Cricket Club.
Mascarenhas will be eligible to play in all formats and will captain the Royals in the Friends Life t20 competition.
Mascarenhas said, “I have been here since 1996 so I didn’t want to go anywhere. 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 have got through so they’ve rewarded me with another two year deal and I’m very happy.”
“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.”
Mascarenhas has scored more than 6,000 First Class runs for Hampshire and taken over 400 wickets in the same format. He was the first English player to appear in the Indian T20 Premier League (for Chennai Super Kings).
He has also played 20 Limited Overs Internationals for England with a highest score of 52 v India at Bristol 2007, and best bowling of 3-23 v India at Lord’s 2007.
Club Chairman, Rod Bransgrove said, “Dimi has been given this Club amazing service over many years now and I am very pleased that we are extending our relationship further.
“He has endured some trying injuries but has always given 100% and is now returning to full fitness. As far as I am concerned, Dimi is symbolic of all that is good about Hampshire Cricket and I am sure he will continue to impress with both bat and ball for at least another two seasons. Equally, he will fit in very well as Twenty20 Captain, bringing his enormous experience to a team which has excelled at this format in recent years.”