The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has appointed the former all-rounder Azhar Mahmood as their bowling coach for next two years. Azhar performed the same role earlier during the Asia Cup,T20 World Cup 2016 and was also with the team when Pakistan toured England a few months back. He worked as a replacement for Mushtaq Ahmed during Asia Cup whereas collaborated with him during the T20 World Cup and England tour.
PCB has now appointed him as the full-time bowling coach and with both Azhar and the selection panel opening the doors of discussion after a period of one year. He has already joined the Pakistan camp and was seen interacting with the players during the Third Test match against West Indies at Sharjah. The upcoming Test series against New Zealand, which starts on November 17, will be his first assignment as the full-time independent coach of Pakistan. He will fly to New Zealand along with the team just a day after the completion of the final Test.
Azhar played 21 Test matches and 143 ODIs for Pakistan with his last appearance coming in the year 2007. He played county cricket in England and was also part of Kings XI Punjab in IPL. The former all-rounder will also join the Karachi Kings franchise as a coach for the second edition of Pakistan Super League.