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Azhar Mahmood appointed as Pakistan’s bowling coach

Azhar Mahmood, who retired from international cricket in 2007, has been appointed Pakistan’s bowling coach for the next two years.

cricket Updated: Nov 02, 2016 19:29 IST
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Azhar Mahmood was part of the Pakistan coaching staff during the ODI series against England.(PTI)

Former Pakistan all-rounder Azhar Mahmood was on Wednesday appointed the national cricket team’s bowling coach for two years.

According to report on ESPNCricinfo, Mahmood’s assignment will start with the tour to New Zealand from November 4. He has worked with the Pakistan side on two previous occasions.

The 41-year-old had first been brought on as a temporary replacement for Mushtaq Ahmed for the Asia Cup in February 2016, and subsequently continued to work alongside Mushtaq during the ICC World T20.

He was again with the team during the limited-overs series against England in August. These stints were of short term because Mahmood was contracted as a player with English county club Surrey until July 2016.

Despite his limited experience as a coach, Pakistan can benefit a lot from the all-rounder’s experience of playing in England, India, Bangladesh, New Zealand and the West Indies as a T20 specialist after his international retirement in 2007.

Pakistan will play two Tests against New Zealand in Christchurch and Hamilton, followed by three Tests in Australia.

First Published: Nov 02, 2016 19:29 IST