Pakistan news February 25, 2016

Azhar Mahmood named interim Pakistan bowling coach

ESPNcricinfo staff

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Mushtaq out, Mahmood in as interim bowling coach

Azhar Mahmood has been appointed Pakistan's bowling coach for the Asia Cup and World T20, and is expected to join the squad in Dhaka on Thursday evening. The former Pakistan allrounder is replacing regular bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed for these two tournaments; according to the PCB, Mushtaq is rested and is expected to resume his duties ahead of the England tour in June this year.

"Mushi has been rested for two events as he was too fatigued," Pakistan's team manager told ESPNcricinfo. "Mahmood is a good replacement for the interim, being a T20 specialist. He will join the squad later this evening."

Mushtaq, 45, the former Pakistan legspinner, has been a part of the Pakistan coaching staff and team management since 2014. He last played for Pakistan in 2003. After ending his playing career, he transformed into a successful coach. He worked with England as a spin-bowling consultant, and when he was released in 2014 he started working with Pakistan, working with and mentoring Saeed Ajmal and Yasir Shah among others.

Mahmood, 40, has been active at domestic level since his last international game in 2007. A vastly experienced allrounder, he has played 225 T20s, representing teams from Pakistan, England, India, Bangladesh, New Zealand and the West Indies. Although he has not been involved in any international coaching till date, he has featured in the minor-coaching roles in private clubs in the UAE and England.

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  • Hassan on February 26, 2016, 8:51 GMT

    why is there a sudden burst of individuals affiliated with islamabad united into the national squad? sharjeel, sami, latif..and now mehmood! I'm not against all these individuals and personally believe all of them are valuable additions. especially mehmood, who is not a "molvi" type individual rather very friendly with a touch of cheekiness and immense commitment. but i think the likes of misbah and wasim have cast their influence and paved the way for these individuals. good luck to them and team Pakistan!

  •   Mohommed Fazrul Gafoor on February 26, 2016, 8:16 GMT

    Pakistan must need a qualified batting coach for the national team. Specifically the middle order batsmen are struggling to build an innings while Pakistan chasing a target. Players like Salim Malik,Asif Mujthaba, Inzamam, Mohommed Yousuf and Moin Khan e did a magnificent job as middle order batsmen during their career. They use to keep the score card ticking and taking singles and doubles and rotating the strike. Always less pre sure for low orders but now days Pakistani low order also not performing like previous players. So the opening batsmen and the middle order has a huge responsible . Hence Pakistan must hire a suitable replacement meantime fielding also need to improve a lot.

  • Cricinfouser on February 26, 2016, 6:41 GMT

    Well he has been appointed now but will waqar will let him work beside him..... (I think not)

  • Aleem on February 26, 2016, 1:49 GMT

    Pakistan's extremely potent squad for Asia Cup and WT20 should be:

    1) Sharjeel, 2) Hafeez, 3) Khalid Latif, 4) Shoaib Malik, 5) Umar Akmal, 6) Shahid Afridi, 7) Sarfraz Ahmed, 8) Sami, 9) Wahab Riaz, 10) Nawaz, 11) Amir

  • Jawwad on February 25, 2016, 22:25 GMT

    Having Azhar Mahmood around is always a plus.

  • Muhammad Ammar on February 25, 2016, 18:06 GMT

    I have always been against the short term appointments, but this has been a usual practice to hire some specialist for a particular tour. Mahela was hired by ENG team for UAE tour against PAK. Many similar examples exist. As allrounder, I see Azhar as a best teamman, whom most of cricketing nations have trusted in their dressing rooms. He proved during his international career that he was a valuable player. His current appointment as T20 specialist could reap some fruits, though time is really short. Let's see what happens.

  •   Shadab Salahuddin on February 25, 2016, 17:52 GMT

    #NOORAIN -i have appointed you as a main coach

  • Khalid on February 25, 2016, 17:49 GMT

    Surely he should be in the team playing, if he is good enough to play in all the T20 tournaments around the world why not play for Pakistan? So we have a head coach who was one of the best bowlers in the world during his time, and of course we need another bowling coach given that there is no weakness in our batting!! but any good luck to Mahmood and the Pak team in the coming games, though having Mahmood as teh bowling coach is hardly a game changer.

  • Pleasure on February 25, 2016, 15:42 GMT

    Well writing is on wall for Waqar Younis now. I won't be surprised if Waqar is fired during or right after Asia cup. Either Dean Jones or Viv Richards should be named the head & batting coach of Pakistan. Ciao

  • Aqib on February 25, 2016, 14:45 GMT

    Very good choice by the pcb.. He has experience of playing t20 all around the world and was a very underrated death bowler. Surrey have appointed him player coach this year too and the fact he has played only a few seasons there and gotten an opportunity like that must mean he is great in the dressing room

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