London, Feb 3: Former Pakistan all-rounder Azhar Mahmood was on Wednesday named English county cricket club Surrey’s new player-coach.

In his new role, the 40-year-old will arrive in mid-May and work alongside the coaching staff, as well as being available for the club’s T20 fixtures. Azhar said in a statement: “It’s great to be coming back to Surrey CCC again this summer. Having played all around the world, the atmosphere on a Friday night at the Kia Oval ground is something special and I can’t wait to be back.” (ALSO READ: Pakistan’s oldest Test cricketer Israr Ali passes away)

“To be given the opportunity to coach as well as play is something I’m very excited about.” Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart said: “We look forward to welcoming Azhar back this summer, both as a member of the playing squad and in his new part-time coaching role.” “Being able to tap into his wealth of cricket knowledge and experience will be a big asset for the club.”