Mike Mason says he had a curry for dinner on Tuesday night – but it wasn’t in India.
Reports all over the internet and national radio yesterday morning had the former Central Districts and New Zealand pace bowler on his way to Mohali.
He was supposed to be replacing injured Australian Ryan Harris in the Kings XI Punjab team in the Indian Premier League.
“It’s not happening,” Mason said from Palmerston North.
The report was wrong, a mistake which had gone viral, he added.
“My phone has been going nuts this morning and I have had texts from people,” Mason laughed.
“It’s not even April Fool’s Day.”
The reports, which even ran in India’s major newspapers, said the 38-year-old Mason was expected to join the squad.
Mason played along with what was obviously a huge mistake.
It appeared his name had been mixed up with that of South African cricketer Michael Neser.
“I might be a little bit interested,” Mason said. “No, I’m definitely not ready for that.”
Mason and former Central Districts team-mate Peter Ingram had a few days’ relaxation in New Plymouth last week and knocked back a few rums.
So yesterday morning Mason sent Ingram a message: “What did we do? I’m sure I can remember everything.
“They’ve just got it wrong.”
He chuckled that it was one way of keeping his profile out there.
“I’m still doing well after my retirement. They can flick me the coin.”
He said the whole thing was inaccurate and not even a practical joke.
So, rather than playing IPL cricket, this week Mason was at a development conference in Palmerston North along with most other Central Districts coaches.
After one season as Manawatu’s player-coach, he said he still had a lot to learn and hadn’t applied for the CD coaching job.
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