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Azhar Mahmood appointed as Pakistan's bowling coach

Azhar Mahmood
Azhar Mahmood has played 143 ODIs for Pakistan
Modified 02 Nov 2016, 13:02 IST

Former all-rounder Azhar Mahmood has been appointed as the bowling coach of the national cricket team by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) ahead of their tour to New Zealand beginning later this month.  The Rawalpindi-born played his last International match in 2007 during the ICC Cricket World Cup, following which he featured in many T20 Leagues around the world like the Indian Premier League and the Caribbean Premier League.

As per reports, Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur was in talks with other candidates for the roles as per his recommendations, but it did not proceed due to availability and financial concerns. Azhar was a successful One-Day International player for the green outfit having played 143 matches and made useful contributions with the ball and the ball during the tenure.  

As per the reports of the, a PCB official said regarding the former Internationals’ appointment, “Azhar’s first task will be the Test series against New Zealand. He was also to assist the team before the start of the Test series against the West Indies, but his contract wasn’t finalised then.”

Pakistan is currently playing a Test series against the West Indies in the United Arab Emirates and has already won the first two matches. The Asian team will visit down under for a match Test series, first of which is scheduled to begin on 17th November in Christchurch while the second to be played in Hamilton from 25th November.

Also read: Stats: Misbah ul Haq breaks into the list of top ten run-scorers as Test captains

The Misbah-ul-Haq led team was on top of the rankings in Tests for quite some time after their impressive performance during their tour to England but slipped to the second spot following India’s demolition of New Zealand last month. But the scenario is very different in the ODI rankings where Pakistan are lying at the 8th spot and are on the verge of missing out on a direct qualification for the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019.

Pakistan’s team management for the New Zealand tour:

Wasim BariTeam Manger
Mickey ArthurHead Coach
Grant FlowerBatting Coach
Steve RixonFielding Coach
Azhar MahmoodBowling Coach
Grant LudenFitness Coach
Shahid AslamIn-charge Tour Operations
Lt. Col (R) Ahmed EyazSecurity Manager
Shane HaynesPhysiotherapist
Talha EjazAnalyst
Published 02 Nov 2016, 12:57 IST
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