Islamabad United has hired Azhar Mahmood, a former player, as their head coach for the upcoming Pakistan Super League season. Johan Botha of South Africa is replaced by Mahmood. Mahmood, who led Islamabad United to the maiden PSL victory, was previously the bowling coach for Karachi Kings and Multan Sultans, as well as the national team between 2016 and 2019. At the Hundred, he also got a coaching job with the Oval Invincibles. He worked as England’s assistant bowling coach for the T20I series against his own country in August of last year.

“I was a member of Islamabad United’s PSL 1 title-winning team,” Mahmood remarked. “As my hometowns, the franchise and the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi are very dear to me. United has always paved the way and provided a platform for young players, from Shadab to Asif to Wasim, who all began their careers here. It’s not only a terrific place to develop local players, but also coaches.”

“Saeed Ajmal is a great example, and I’m excited to work with him this year as the Head Coach of Islamabad United.” Most of the guys there are plainly acquainted to me. During my time as Pakistan’s bowling coach, it was an absolute pleasure to coach Hassan, Shadab, Faheem, and the rest of the team.

“For a long time, we were the number one T20 team in the world.” I’ve played franchise cricket all around the world and am excited to share my knowledge with the Islamabad United players,” he said. After Dean Jones, Misbah-Ul-Haq, and Botha, Mahmood becomes the franchise’s fourth head coach, having won two titles in 2016 and 2019.