Mascarenhas to play in Big Bash
Former England all-rounder Dimitri Mascarenhas has signed a deal to join Hobart Hurricanes in Australia's Big Bash League this winter.
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Mascarenhas, Hampshire's Twenty20 captain, had announced he intended to retire at the end of the county season.
The 35-year-old did leave the door open to play Twenty20 cricket and has been lured back to Australia - he was raised in Perth - to play for the Hurricanes as a domestic player.
"I'm very excited about joining the Hurricanes this year, and looking forward to playing a huge part in a successful campaign," Mascarenhas, who holds an Australian passport, told the franchise's website.
A press release from the Hurricanes described Mascarenhas' signing as a "massive coup", with cricket operations general manager Andrew Dykes adding: "We are very fortunate to secure Dimitri's signature for BBL 03.
"There were a lot of teams that expressed serious interest in signing Dimi, and we're very happy that he chose to come to Blundstone Arena."
Mascarenhas made 34 limited-overs appearances for England and was part of the Hampshire squad that reached the past four Friends Life t20 finals days, captaining them to victory last year.