Pride of Pakistan – Azhar Mahmood
Azhar Mahmood joined the Pakistan cricket team in 1996. His first ODI was against India; Azhar’s performance was average. Azhar however was brilliant against South Africa the following year. In Azhar, Pakistan found a reliable and strong middle order batsman, a typical English style seam bowler and an agile fielder.
Azhar Mahmood was particularly known for his powerful strokes though he was a bit uncomfortable against leg spin. Azhar Mahmood is another cricketer who was a victim of the PCB politics. This talented cricketer found himself in and out of the team at several occasions. Azhar then joined the English county Surrey in 2002. He remained with Surrey till 2007 and then switched over to Kent. He still plays for Kent and at the time when Pakistan team is struggling against England, Azhar led his county Kent to victory by taking 5 wickets for 62 runs.
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