Mascarenhas keen to play for Rajasthan Royals

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Jaipur, May 10 (UNI) The only England player currently involved in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Dimitri Mascarenhas said he was eager to play in the cash rich tournament.

Due to IPL's four overseas players rule, and with skipper Shane Warne, Shane Watson, Graeme Smith and Sohail Tanvir all featuring, Mascarenhas has had to sit on the bentch.

Mascarenhas is due to return to Hampshire next week but with the Royals on course for the latter stages, the 30-year-old county skipper hopes to feature in the future matches.

''I would love to come back for the finale at the end of May and negotiations are taking place between the Royals management and Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove,'' Mascarenhas told Daily Mail.

''I am very hopeful I will be able to help the Royals lift the inaugural trophy.

''I haven't had much of an opportunity to show what I can do here but if I am able to play in the semi-finals and final it would help earn me a bigger contract in next year's event,'' he added.

Reacting to his country mates descions of turning down lucrative offers of IPL, Mascarenhas said ''I read with interest that Luke Wright and Ravi Bopara turned down the IPL this week but, to be honest, it might not be that straightforward.'' ''I'm speculating here, but I reckon it's more the fact that, at this late stage, their counties have refused them permission to go.

''I doubt very much whether the players themselves would turn it down,'' he added.

Recently, Ravi Bopara has turned down a six-figure offer by an IPL franchise to play for England.

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