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Mahmood, Tanvir confirm Lions signings

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December 2, 2013

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Azhar Mahmood celebrates one of his five wickets, Auckland Aces v Hampshire, Champions League T20, Centurion, October 10, 2012
This will be Azhar Mahmood's first stint with Lions © Getty Images

Azhar Mahmood, the former Pakistan allrounder, and fast bowler Sohail Tanvir, will represent Lions in the upcoming season of South Africa's T20 competition.

While Tanvir has played for Lions before - this is his third season with the franchise - Mahmood, a well-known figure in the T20 circuit, will be embarking on his first stint with the team. He has played in the tournament before, though, turning out for Cape Cobras last year. Mahmood did not do too well with the bat then, but claimed eight wickets in seven games at 24.50. His availability is limited to only five matches this season, though Tanvir will be available for the majority for the tournament.

"I'm really happy to have signed for Lions. I love playing cricket in South Africa and to be playing with such a successful and talented group is a real buzz," Mahmood said. "Hopefully I can add something to the team on and off the field and contribute to another successful campaign. I can't wait to join up with the boys and get going."

Mahmood and Tanvir join Saeed Ajmal, who was picked up by Titans, and Shahid Afridi, who will be in the Knights dressing room as part of a growing friendship between South Africa and Pakistan. Pakistan had agreed to tour South Africa at short notice after a curtailed visit from India was announced, and subsequently CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat had indicated the relationship between the two countries would expand to give Pakistan's players, who do not participate in the IPL, an opportunity to play in the 20-overs competition.

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Posted by amumtaz on (December 4, 2013, 19:36 GMT)

Its good to see all these players from Pakistan getting a chance to play in South Africa. Great entertainment for the crowd to see international stars mix it up with the local talent.

Posted by umerakhlaq on (December 3, 2013, 9:16 GMT)

PCB should have helped securing younger lot get these slots. Bilawal bhatti, Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal, Umar Amin, Nasir Jamshed, Haris Sohail, Shoaib Maqsood. These guys need some international exposure. In future efforts should be made to induct budding first class players to represent various english counties in first class competition.

Posted by   on (December 3, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

Mr Sammy K. & Mr. Asjad Khan

The situation is same during BCB Yes and No's during the whole year, PCB do right with BCB cuz BCB only want Mustafa to be the next chairperson of ICC thatwhy they said yes and after that there Yes become No....

Posted by   on (December 3, 2013, 3:51 GMT)

Mr Sammy K,

I would agree to you word by word.

Posted by   on (December 3, 2013, 0:49 GMT)

IPL or No IPL for Pakistan Cricket any form of cricket is good right this moment.

Posted by   on (December 3, 2013, 0:10 GMT)

Good gesture from CSA and Lorgat. I would also want some Pakistani batsmen to play in overseas domestic tournaments to improve their technique.

Posted by   on (December 2, 2013, 20:55 GMT)

Four Pakistanis in the SA league is good news for sure. But before one goes on and on about the "growing friendship" between Pakistan and SA, let's not forget that on a given day, many more Pakistanis can be seen playing for the various teams in Bangladesh's Domestic League. We have for years made room for Pakistani cricketers, yet the PCCB was quick to criticise our decision not to tour Pakistan. The truth is the situation in Pakistan is from peaceful and everyone has a right to protect himself. Before the PCB big whigs let loose their tirade against Bangladesh, they should have thought of the enormous service that we routinely render their professional cricketers.

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