Azhar Mahmood is a Pakistani cricket coach and former cricketer.
11 Facts About Azhar Mahmood
Azhar Mahmood was the bowling coach of the Pakistani national cricket team until 2019.
Azhar Mahmood played county cricket for Surrey and in November 2007 signed a two-year deal to play for Kent.
Azhar Mahmood made his One-Day International debut against India in 1996 at Toronto Cricket Club, Toronto, but did not gain major recognition until his Test debut against South Africa the following year at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi when he hit a century and a half-century without being dismissed.
Azhar Mahmood later went on to score two more centuries against the South Africans.
Azhar Mahmood joined the Pakistani team primarily as a medium pacer but he has surprised many by his batting powers.
Azhar Mahmood's hard hitting but orthodox batting skills have been extremely useful in the one-day game.
Azhar Mahmood was recalled to the national side for the ODI series against South Africa in early 2007, but subsequently dropped when the 2007 Cricket World Cup team was announced.
Azhar Mahmood was however recalled to go with the squad to the West Indies after a knee injury to Abdul Razzaq.
However, aside from playing in a practice match, Azhar Mahmood did not get a chance to participate in the World Cup and Pakistan's early exit from the tournament meant that he was, in line for being axed from the national squad.
Azhar Mahmood has previously signed with the defunct Indian Cricket League and had been released from his central contract.