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For­mer Pak­istan all-rounder Azhar Mah­mood has been in­cluded to the Pak­istan coach­ing staff for the Asia Cup and World T20, and is ex­pected to join the na­tional squad in Dhaka to­day. Ac­cord­ing to the Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB), reg­u­lar bowl­ing coach Mush­taq Ahmed was 'too fa­tigued' and will re­join the team ahead of the Eng­land tour in June this year. "Mushi has been rested for two events as he was too fa­tigued," Pak­istan's team man­ager told me­dia.

"Mah­mood is a good re­place­ment for the in­terim, be­ing a T20 spe­cial­ist. He will join the squad later this evening," he added.

The for­mer leg-spin­ner last rep­re­sented Pak­istan in 2003 and has been a part of the Pak­istan coach­ing staff and team man­age­ment since 2014. Mush­taq, 45, since re­tir­ing as a player, es­tab­lished him­self as a well-re­puted spin bowl­ing coach, and had a coach­ing stint with Eng­land as a spin-bowl­ing con­sul­tant.

One of the most lethal leg­gie's of his era, Mush­taq has played a vi­tal part in get­ting the best out of Pak­istan's Saeed Aj­mal and Yasir Shah, both of whom proved them­selves as gen­uine wicket-tak­ing op­tions be­fore go­ing out-of-favour for dif­fer­ent rea­sons. Mah­mood, on the other hand has been a sea­soned T20 cricketer since his last in­ter­na­tional out­ing in 2007, and has rep­re­sented top league sides around the world. The 40-yearold brings to the Pak­istan dress­ing room pre­cious ex­pe­ri­ence of 225 T20 matches. Pak­istan play their first Asia Cup fix­ture on Satur­day against arch-ri­vals In­dia while the World T20 Su­per-10 stage kicks off on March 16.

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