Former England cricket all-rounder Dimitri Mascarenhas has moved into the AFL sphere, joining St Kilda as the Saints bolster their player welfare division.
As four-time best and fairest Jack Steven eases his way back to normality at Moorabbin after his latest mental health break, Mascarenhas is settling into a recently acquired role working under St Kilda player development and welfare manager Tony Brown. Former Saint Brown, who played 108 games between 1995 and 2000 – including the 1997 grand final – has been back at St Kilda since 2013.
Born in London, Mascarenhas grew up in Perth before moving back to England to further his cricket career. He enjoyed a long career spanning almost two decades with Hampshire, eventually playing 20 one-day internationals and 14 Twenty20 internationals at the back end of last decade.
He also played in the Indian Premier League and Big Bash League, before heading into coaching post-retirement, serving as New Zealands bowling coach and in Australias underage pathway. Mascarenhas, 41, lives in Melbourne and was bowling coach for the Melbourne Renegades as they won the 2018-19 BBL title. He will also work with Middlesex in the coming weeks, heading to England for the county Twenty20 tournament as part of a pre-existing deal.
He is a close friend of Australian leg-spinning great Shane Warne, whom he succeeded as captain of Hampshire. Coincidentally, Warne is himself a former St Kilda under-19s and reserves player, and is known as one of the Saints highest-profile supporters.
St Kilda have shown their willingness to hire people from other sports, having secured Melbourne Storm rugby league great Billy Slater to work in their leadership program at the end of last year.
Steven returned to the Saints this week after another extended break dealing with lingering mental health issues. St Kilda are rapt to have the star midfielder back at the club, however coach Alan Richardson said Steven was around a month away from playing again at AFL level, needing to regain conditioning.
“He's been focusing on getting himself right and that's excluded the sort of training that he'd need to be ready to go," Richardson said on Thursday.
"He needs a mini pre-season – three or four weeks – and then a bit of VFL footy and then we hope to get him back in the team but we'll just see how he goes."
Steven, 29, has played just four senior games in 2019, and none since round six, having taken several periods of leave from the club to deal witRead More – Source