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Azhar Mahmood part of England's coaching staff for Pakistan T20Is
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Azhar Mahmood part of England's coaching staff for Pakistan T20Is

Former Pakistan all-rounder and bowling coach Azhar Mahmood will serve as a member of England's backroom staff for their T20I series against his native country.

Mahmood will be assisting England bowling coach Jon Lewis during the limited-overs series that is scheduled to start on August 28.

45-year-old Mahmood possesses a wealth of experience in England's county circuit through his long association with Surrey and Kent.

One of the first veterans of T20 cricket, Mahmood's debut in the shortest format arrived in the early days of its inception and since then he developed into a T20 mercenary.

Mahmood also had an illustrious international career for Pakistan, representing the country of his birth in 21 Tests and 143 ODIs.

His glorious 132 against South Africa at Kingsmead Cricket Ground in 1998 is widely regarded to be one of the greatest knocks by a lower middle-order batsman as he batted supremely with the tail.

Mahmood failed to get a call-up to the national side following the 2007 World Cup debacle but was later appointed the team's permanent bowling coach in 2016. His tenure is credited with the rise of talented quicks in the side including the likes of Hasan Ali and Shaheen Afridi.

Until last year, he was Pakistan's bowling coach under Mickey Arthur before the PCB decided to overhaul its backroom staff post-2019 World Cup and did not renew his contract along with that of the South African and his deputies.

This is not the first time that the current Pakistan line-up will be coming up head-to-head with a former member of their previous coaching set-up as they clashed with Arthur's Sri Lanka in a two-Test series in December.

Mahmood's past experience of working with Pakistan is likely to come in handy for England, who are hosting fresh faces in their team.