PCB wants Azhar as bowl­ing coach

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

IS­LAM­ABAD—Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) has of­fered for­mer Test all-rounder Azhar Mah­mood the po­si­tion of bowl­ing coach of the

Pak­istan will tour Eng­land this month for four Tests, five ODIs and a one Twenty20. The first Test will start on July, 14.

Talk­ing to APP, a PCB of­fi­cial said that the board had of­fered the job to Azhar, which would also in­clude du­ties of the as­sis­tant coach.

“Af­ter com­plet­ing his con­trac­tual com­mit­ments with his county in Eng­land, Azhar is most likely to take up the as­sign­ment,” he said.

He said the ap­point­ment of Azhar has come up af­ter con­sul­ta­tions with head coach Mickey Arthur.

“Mickey wanted a Pak­istani as­sis­tant coach with him so that he can com­mu­ni­cate and un­der­stand the play­ers bet­ter, there­fore be­sides be­ing the bowl­ing coach Azhar will also as­sist Mickey,” he said.

Azhar was also ap­pointed bowl­ing coach on a short-term ba­sis for the World Twenty20 in In­dia, where Pak­istan per­fumed poorly which re­sulted in many changes to the team and man­age­ment. Azhar had played 21 tests, 143 ODIs and 176 first-class matches.

Azhar, has been ac­tive at do­mes­tic level since his last in­ter­na­tional game in 2007.

As vastly ex­pe­ri­enced all-rounder, he has played 225 Twen­ty20s, rep­re­sent­ing teams from Pak­istan, Eng­land, In­dia, Bangladesh, New Zealand and the West Indies.—APP

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Pakistan

© PressReader. All rights reserved.