Dimitri Mascarenhas was previously New Zealand’s bowling coach between June 2015 and January 2016 © Getty
Essex have appointed former England all-rounder Dimitri Mascarenhas as their new Assistant Head Coach, the club confirmed on Thursday (February 15). Mascarenhas, who played 20 ODIs and 14 T20Is for England, will have particular responsibility for the bowling group at Essex with new head coach Anthony McGrath concentrating on the batsmen. Mascarenhas will also have responsibilities in assisting McGrath who was appointed to his first head coach role last year following Chris Silverwood’s appointment as England bowling coach.
Mascarenhas, who Cricbuzz understands had also expressed an early interest in the Leicestershire bowling coach role eventually filled by Matt Mason, was previously New Zealand’s bowling coach between June 2015 and January 2016 but quit citing family reasons. Before that, he was Head Coach of Otago Volts and Mascarenhas has more recently worked as a bowling coach for Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash.
The 40 year-old, born in England but raised in Australia, has extensive experience of county cricket having played more than 500 matches for Hampshire in all formats. During a 17 year professional career, he also played in the IPL and Big Bash as well as in New Zealand and Bangladesh as a canny medium pace bowler, powerful lower order hitter and excellent fielder.
His forte as a player was in limited-overs cricket and that is an area that McGrath has targeted for improvement in Essex’s play following four years without making T20 Finals Day and no one-day title since 2008. Mascarenhas will be tasked with improving Essex’s white-ball skills in all departments although he will still have a key role to play in preparing the Championship team who will be looking to retain the title they won so remarkably last season.
“It is a real coup to bring him to Chelmsford,” said McGrath. “We have been looking for someone with Dimi’s credentials, and having worked in competitions around the world, he brings with him a lot of knowledge and experience.
“He will bring a tactical nous to our white-ball cricket and help the squad improve on our performances in the One-Day Cup and T20 Blast in recent seasons. I know our bowlers are looking forward to working with him, and the whole squad will benefit from his technical and tactical knowledge as we prepare for another exciting season.”