The Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) is on the lookout for a new coach after the departure of former Pakistan fast bowler Aaqib Javed and currently they are considering the name of 41 year old all rounder Azhar Mahmood. The Ex chief selector of ECB Mohammad Redha believes that Azhar is the ideal replacement as he can easily gel up with the side.
“I have seen Mahmood play and he is a good all-rounder. He is 41-years-old and that’s why I suggested his name. Some of our boys do not understand English. But Mahmood can speak Urdu and Punjabi, while Urdu and Hindi is very similar. Overall, he’s an excellent all-rounder with lots of experience and a very good cricketer.” said Redha.
Azhar Mahmood told Sport360 that this coaching job will be a new challenge for him and he would love to work with the ECB as their coach.
“This is a transitional period for me from playing to actually being a coach. This is a new challenge but I would love to take it,” said the Surrey T20 player-coach, who has represented teams in the shortest format in India, Bangladesh, Australia, New Zealand and West Indies.
“If the opportunity did come to me, I would like to take this further and see the UAE participate in all the tournaments.
“I definitely feel honoured (that his name has been suggested) and I want to pass on my knowledge. Most of the UAE guys are from the sub-continent and under Aaqib they concentrated more on the bowling. But if I was to come in, as an all-rounder and having played cricket around the world, I can pass on my experience.”
Mahmood played 21 test matches and 143 ODI matches for Pakistan, He has scored three hundreds for Pakistan in test matches and also has 39 wickets to his credit. He also took 123 wickets during his ODI career and provided some late order power hitting to propel Pakistan to good totals through some clean stroke play.