Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Azhar Mahmood roped in as Islamabad United head coach. Azhar Mahmood was Pakistan's bowling coach from 2016 to 2019
Azhar Mahmood was Pakistan's bowling coach from 2016 to 2019
Islamabad United have roped in their former player Azhar Mahmood as the head coach for the next season of the Pakistan Super League. Mahmood replaces South Africa's Johan Botha.
Mahmood, who won the inaugural PSL title with Islamabad United, was previously the bowling coach at Karachi Kings and Multan Sultans, while essaying the role for the national side between 2016 and 2019. He also earned a coaching gig with the Oval Invincibles at the Hundred. In August last year, he worked with England as their assistant bowling coach for the T20I series against his home country.
“I was part of Islamabad United's title winning team in PSL 1,” Mahmood said. “The franchise and the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi are quite close to my heart as my hometowns. United have always paved the way and provided a platform for emerging players, from Shadab to Asif to most recently Wasim, all started their careers here. It is not only a great platform for grooming local players but coaches too.”
“Saeed Ajmal is such an example and I look forward to working with him this year now that I take a new path in my career as the Head Coach of Islamabad United. I am obviously familiar with most of the guys there. It was an absolute pleasure to be the bowling coach of Hassan, Shadab, Faheem and co in my stint as Pakistan's bowling coach.
“Together we became the number 1 T20 team in the world for an extended period of time. I have played franchise cricket all over the world and I look forward to sharing my experience with the guys at Islamabad United,” he added.
Mahmood becomes the fourth head coach of the franchise that has won two titles – in 2016 and 2019 – so far, after Dean Jones, Misbah-Ul-Haq and Botha.