Former England cricketer Dimitri Mascarenhas has been unveiled as the new coach of the Otago Volts.
The 36-year-old all-rounder, who played 34 times for the England one-day team and also turned out as an overseas professional for the Volts, has signed a two-year deal.
Despite limited coaching experience, Mascarenhas, who has worked as a bowling coach for several IPL teams and Hampshire and as an assistant for the Hobart Hurricanes, got the nod for Otago in part because of his local knowledge.
"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," Otago Cricket boss Ross Dykes said.
"Dimi's 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.
"It is a huge plus that most of our current squad know and respect Dimi - just as he knows them and their strengths and weaknesses."
Mascarenhas will take over from Vaughn Johnson, who resigned earlier this year shortly after allegations of financial misconduct.
"I am really excited about the opportunity to be a head coach and am delighted that it is with Otago," Mascarenhas said.
"I really enjoyed my time playing there and believe that the culture within that environment is well suited to my way of doing things.
"Otago have fashioned a fantastic record over recent seasons and I look forward to working with the players, Nathan and the rest of the staff to ensure trophies continue to be won by the Volts."
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