Friday, 19 April 2013

Azhar Mahmood returns

  He looks fit and strong and mentally it looks like he is enjoying his cricket.It looks strong and a real mix of youth and experience, and I look forward to catching up with the guys when I get back from India.Mahmood, who became a British citizen in 2011, will be available to play in the whole of the FL t20 tournament for Surrey.He comes with a wealth of experience, a great record behind him.The 38-year-old, who is the fourth-highest wicket taker in the shortest format of the game, left Surrey in 2007 after six seasons at The Oval. "It feels very special to be coming back to Surrey, he said.Mahmood has been playing for Kent since leaving Surrey but his contract was not renewed this winter due to his Twenty20 commitments abroad.Surrey team director Chris Adams said: "This club has been starved of his talents over the last few years.He has represented Sydney Thunder in Australia's Big Bash league and Cape Cobras in South Africa's domestic competition and is currently playing for the Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League.Obviously it's a very different set-up to when I was last at Surrey and Twenty20 cricket has also gone from strength to strength.

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