Azhar Mahmood to be Pakistan assistant coach

The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar Khan confirmed that Azhar had been offered the job, which would include duties of a bowling coach.

Azhar Mahmood was Pakistan's bowling coach in during the World Twenty20 in India.   -  Akhilesh Kumar

Former Pakistan Test all-rounder Azhar Mahmood has been offered the assistant coach’s job with the national cricket squad, which is set to tour England this summer.

The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar Khan confirmed that Azhar had been offered the job, which would also include duties of a bowling coach.

“Azhar has agreed to take up the assignment but will confirm once he has settled some contractual obligations with his county in England,” Khan said.

He said Azhar’s appointment has been made after consultations with new head coach Mickey Arthur.

“Mickey Arthur had specifically asked us to appoint a Pakistani assistant coach with him as this would make it easier for him to settle down quickly in the team and also communicate and understand the players psyche better,” Khan said.

Arthur reached Lahore on Thursday after a delay to take charge of the squad that’s announced for the four-Test series in England.

According to a source in the PCB, Arthur was keen to have former Test leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed as his assistant coach but the PCB said the latter couldn’t be released from his duties at the National Cricket Academy since a new director of academies Mudassar Nazar was due to take over from June 15th.

Azhar was also appointed bowling coach on a special short-term assignment for the World T20 in India, where Pakistan was knocked out in the group stage.

According to the board source, Azhar had also submitted his own report after the mega event and he was critical about the lack of professionalism in the team.

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