Mascarenhas says IPL was enjoyable experience

June 11th, 2008 - 11:02 pm ICT by IANS  

London, June 11 (IANS) Dimitri Mascarenhas, the only English cricketer to have played in the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), says he had a great time playing for the champions Rajasthan Royals and would recommend his England teammates to join it. Mascarenhas made only one IPL appearance for the Rajasthan Royals because the competition rules demanded that only four foreign players figured in the team during a game, but the English all-rounder holds no grudge.

“I had a great time,” Mascarenhas was quoted as saying in the Daily Telegraph. “I was in a good set-up, a good team. We had a good time and played good cricket. The cricket was tough, the training was always tough and intense. It was a great experience for me.”

“It was hugely intense. From my experience, it was like playing in a one-day international. It was hard work and very enjoyable at the same time,” he added.

The 31-year-old Hampshire captain is happy that his country is embracing a similar format and feels it will prove to be beneficial for the game of cricket in the longer run.

“Of course, it is good for the game. The boys all love playing cricket and to play for a bit of money as well, all the better.”

“That is very exciting for everyone involved. It is a huge carrot to be able to play for. It is a lot of money involved and playing against teams from other countries, it will be great fun as well, ” he added.

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