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Mascarenhas named Hawks captain

Dimitri Mascarenhas will captain the Hampshire Hawks during the Twenty20 Cup - while Shane Warne enjoys a mid-season break.

Mascarenhas will skipper a young Hawks side while Warne, who returns for the next Championship match against Warwickshire at the Rose Bowl on July 8, has a well-earned rest.

Warne said: "At nearly 38 years of age I can't play every single game for six months and Twenty20 has probably come at a good time for a few of the players to get into some form before we get back into the Championship.

"Although Twenty 20 is great fun and is exciting I'll leave it to the younger players. We need to find out about a few of them and give them a chance.

"We've underachieved in Twenty20 so hopefully the boys can put in a good performance."

Shaun Udal is not expected to play in the Twenty20 Cup either so Mascarenhas, who captained Hampshire in a three-day match against Cardiff UCCE last season, takes the helm.

"Dimi and I have had a good chat and I'm sure he'll do a good job," added Warne, who still has a busy fortnight ahead of him.

"I've got a few corporate sponsorship events and benefit functions, but I'll try and get away for a few days' holiday with the family as well."

Warne's diary includes a charity event at Lord's on Sunday, in aid of The Shane Warne Foundation and a UNICEF campaign organised by Jemima Khan.

Hampshire begin their Twenty20 Cup campaign against the Kent Spitfires at The Rose Bowl tomorrow night (7.30pm).

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