County news May 16, 2012

Mushtaq joins Surrey for a month

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mushtaq Ahmed is to join Surrey as 'coach and mentor' on a month-long contract. Mushtaq, the former Pakistan legspinner and current England spin bowling coach, will link up with Surrey on June 20 and depart on July 20.

The deal will reunite Mushtaq with his former captain at Sussex, Chris Adams, who is now team director at Surrey. The pair combined to take Sussex to the club's first County Championship title in 2003. They won it again in 2006 and 2007.

"He will be a magic guy to have around in terms of the environment in the dressing room and is one of the best people I've ever come across in terms of assessing the mood of a side and having a positive influence on tactics both before and during a game," Adams said.

"We have a few young spinners at the club at the moment so there is also plenty of work to be done there as well - and I also want to use him with the Second XI and PG Academy, as well as setting up some sessions with batsmen from throughout the club on how to play spin.

"We've got him here for a month and we'll make sure we'll work him hard - I've told him it's going to be the same as when I captained him, he'll be getting through 45-50 overs a day."