Former all-rounder Azhar Mahmood has been named as new head coach for Islamabad United for the next edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL). He will replace South African spinner Johan Botha who will not be available for next year’s competition.
He previously served as bowling coach for franchises like Multan Sultans and Karachi King. Mahmood also was with Islamabad United when they went to win inaugural PSL trophy. He was also with the Pakistan’s national cricket team between 2016 and 2019.
Azhar Mahmood also served as coach for The Oval Invincibles in the inaugural The Hundred competition played in UK. This year, he also worked for England’s national cricket team for their T20I series against Pakistan.
Mahmood said that franchise Islamabad United is very close to his heart. He said that Rawalpindi is my hometown and is always close to my heart. Islamabad United have also been the pioneer in terms of grooming promising players like Shadab Khan and Mohammad Wasim for International cricket. He said that Pakistan Super League is a fantastic platform for emerging players as well as coaches.
Azhar stated that he is looking forward towards working with Saeed Ajmal. He said that he knows a lot of guys in the Islamabad United squad and would be interested in working with premier players like Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf and Shadab Khan.
He said that Pakistan cricket is doing well at the moment. He said that greens shirts retained number one rankings in the T20 format for a long period of time. I have played franchise cricket across the globe and looking forward coaching Islamabad United for next year’s PSL.
After Dean Jones, Johan Botha and Misbah-ul-Haq, Azhar Mahmood is the fourth head coach of Islamabad United. After his reign, Islamabad United will be keen to go the distance this year.