Pakistan vs West Indies: PCB keen to re-appoint Azhar Mahmood as bowling coach

PTI, Sep, 28 2016
Pakistan vs West Indies: PCB keen to re-appoint Azhar Mahmood as bowling coach

Lahore: Pakistan cricket authorities are keen to rope in former all-rounder Azhar Mahmood to take over as the bowling coach of the national team before the Test series against the West Indies next month.

After initially deciding to go for a new foreign bowling coach after the tour to England, the Pakistan Cricket Board has now had a change of heart.

File photo of Azhar Mahmood. AFP

"The PCB has again made contact with Azhar Mahmood and is discussing contract details with him," one well-placed source in the Board told PTI.

Azhar was also the bowling coach of the national team in the Asia Cup and World T20 earlier this year and than for the limited over series in England but his contract ended after the Pakistan returned home.

"Yes the feedback about Azhar by the manager in England was not very strong and the head coach Mickey Arthur had also recommended some other names but negotiations didn't work out with them," the source added.

He said due to the paucity of time the Board has decided to again hire Azhar who now resides in England.

"The deal with Azhar is expected to be finalised soon as the first Test starts on 13 October in Dubai," the source noted.

Azhar, who played 21 Tests and 141 ODIs for Pakistan, came under fire after Pakistani bowlers were thrashed in the first four ODIs against England including a world record score of 444 in the third match.

Azhar also didn't endear himself to the critics when he said at a press conference that his job as a bowling coach ended on the sidelines and the bowlers were responsible for executing the plans given out to them.

The source said the PCB had faced problems negotiating with other foreign bowling coaches mainly because of availability issues and financial matters.

The PCB has already hired former Australian Test player, Steve Rixon as the fielding coach on the recommendation of Arthur and physiotherapist, Shane Hayes.

Published Date: Sep 28, 2016 | Updated Date: Sep 28, 2016

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3925 123
2 South Africa 3050 117
3 Australia 3087 100
4 England 3362 99
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115