Mahmood appointed Pakistan bowling coach


Pakistan have appointed Azhar Mahmood as their bowling coach for the Asia Cup and World T20 as Mushtaq Ahmed has been given time off to rest.

According to the Pakistan Cricket Board, Mushtaq will return to his duties once the two tournaments are done with the national side having a big tour to England in June.

Pakistan's team manager told Cricinfo: "Mushi has been rested for two events as he was too fatigued. Mahmood is a good replacement for the interim, being a T20 specialist. He will join the squad later this evening."

The 40-year-old Mahmood, who played in 21 Tests and 143 ODIs for Pakistan, is still an active player in the various T20 leagues around the world.

He has just completed a stint with Islamabad United in the inaugural Pakistan Super League but only played two games for the eventual champions.

Mahmood will also have extensive knowledge of Indian conditions, where the World T20 will take place, having played for the Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League.

Pakistan start their Asia Cup campaign against India in Mirpur on Saturday.