Azhar Mahmood

Azhar Mahmood (Cricketer)

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Azhar Mahmood Sagar is a Pakistani-born cricketer who became a British citizen in 2011 and is now a fully qualified English cricketer.Azhar Mahmood is a mentally tough allrounder and belligerent batsman, who began his career with three Test centuries against South Africa. In one-day cricket he invariably raises the tempo in the lower middle-order. He is strong off his legs and relishes short bowling. But he pushes at the ball too firmly in defence, and is particularly vulnerable against legspin. In a team of reverse-swingers he is the only English-type seamer, virtuous in his pursuit of line and length. He is a useful fielder and, close in, he rarely misses an opportunity to enquire about the batsman's health.

Title Description
Personal
Name: Azhar Mahmood
Nationality: Pakistan
Residence: Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan
Religion: Islam
Profession: Cricketer
Born
Date: 28 February 1975
Place: Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan
Family
Spouse: Ebba Mahmood (m. 2003)
Career
National Side: England
Team Role: All-rounder
Bowling Style: Right arm fast-medium
Batting Style: Right-handed
Matches: 21 in Tests & 143 in ODIs
Wickets : 39 in Tests & 123 in ODIs
Bowling Average: 35.94 in Tests & 39.13 in ODIs
Batting Average: 30.00 in Tests & 18.10 in ODIs
5 wickets in Innings : 0 in Tests &3 in ODIs
Best Bowling: 4/50 in Tests & 6/18 in ODIs
Catches/Stumpings: 14/- in Tests & 37/- in ODIs
Balls Bowled: 3015 in Tests & 6,242 in ODIs
Runs Scored: 900 in Tests & 1,521 in ODIs
Test Debut: 6 October 1997 v South Africa
Test Last: 31 May 2001 v England
ODI Debut: 16 September 1996 v India
ODI Last: 17 March 2007 v Ireland
T20 Debut : Surrey v Middlesex at The Oval, Jun 13, 2003
T20 Last: Surrey v Kent at The Oval, Jul 29, 2016
100s / 50s: 3/1 in Tests & 0/3 in ODIs
Top Score: 136 in Tests & 67 in ODIs
Domestic team: Auckland, Barbados Tridents, Barisal Burners, Dhaka Gladiators, Islamabad Cricket Association, Kent, Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders, Lahore Badshahs, Marylebone Cricket Club, Pakistan International Airlines, Rawalpindi, Surrey, United Bank Limited


Career

Azhar Mahmood Playing Match

Azhar Mahmood Playing Match

Early Career

Originally his father objected to his interest in cricket, but later started to appreciate it seeing his accomplishments. As a teenager, Azhar was mentored by Irfan Bhatti who played a One Day International for Pakistan in the early 90. When not doing net practice, Azhar would fancy himself playing tape ball cricket on the cemented pitch in the cricket ground in front of his home.He loves watching Hindi movies and considers Amitabh Bachchan as his idol.[1] Amitabh favourite actor- indiatimes His ODI tenure was longer and more productive in comparison. He was a regular member of the side that reached the finals in 1999. He was also a part of the squads for the 2003 and 2007 World Cup but did not have much success. The highlights of his career were the back-to-back five wicket hauls he managed in Sharjah in 1999. He signed with Surrey again for 2005, and later applied for British citizenship after marrying his British wife.

International Career

Azhar 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. He later went on to score two more centuries against the South Africans.He joined the Pakistani team primarily as a medium pacer but he has surprised many by his batting powers. His hard hitting but orthodox batting skills have also been extremely useful in the one-day game. Unlike most Pakistani pacers who are swing bowlers, he is a useful English-style seam bowler, who can chip in with wickets in time of need.[2] Azhar Mahmood- ESPNCricinfo In 2000, Lt-General Tauqir Zia, then the PCB chairman, said that the board would choose the next captain not based on seniority alone and if people find the choice unacceptable they will not be selected. Later in front of some senior players  he told Azhar Mahmood that he will be the next Pakistan captain. Together they would plan the future strategy. But till now this never came to pass. Azhar has played county cricket for Surrey and in November 2007 signed a two-year deal to play for Kent.[3] Azhar Mahmood- joins KentHe 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. He was however recalled to go with the squad to the West Indies after a knee injury to Abdul Razzaq. It was Mahmood's 3rd World Cup.[4] Mahmood added- World Cup reserves

Indian Cricket League

Azhar Mahmood in IPL

Azhar Mahmood in IPL

He has previously signed with the defunct Indian Cricket League (ICL) and had been released from his central contract.[5] ICL-county- Cricinfo His weight gain, mediocre performances in ODIs, combined with the tough competition for the all rounder slot in the Pakistani line up meant that his chances for making a return to the national squad were very limited.However, aside from playing in a practice match, Azhar did not get a chance to participate in the World Cup and Pakistan's early exit from the tournament meant that he was once again, in line for being axed from the national squad. Following his exclusion, Azhar returned to playing county cricket in UK. Over the years, due to his constant exclusion from the Pakistani squad and the fact that he has crossed the 30-year-old mark, it seems that Mahmood is not as interested in returning to the Pakistani line up as he once was.

Trivia

Wisden in 2001 included Azhar Mahmood's innings of 132 for Pakistan against South Africa at Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban in 1997-98[6] Pakistan in South Africa - Test Series as the 8th best Test Innings of All Time in its list of Wisden 100. It mentioned "South Africa's pace attack had more depth than at any other time in their history: Allan Donald and Shaun Pollock supported by Fanie de Villiers and Lance Klusener. No surprise that Pakistan were put in to bat on a treacherous pitch  or that they should be reduced to 89 for 5. Salvation came in the form of a 22-year-old allrounder who seemed to be batting too low at No.7: his century was already his third in six Test innings against South Africa. Tucking into a great pace bowler like Donald, he scored 96 runs in boundaries while proving himself an expert shepherd of a tail: he made 90% of Pakistan's last 106 runs. They went on to win a low-scoring match by 29.

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