Legendary spin bowler Mushtaq Ahmed turns 46

ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistan’s finest leg-spinner and national team’s bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed who was born in the 1970 turned 46 on Tuesday (June 28).

Mushtaq, born June 28, 1970 was a leg break googly bowler who at his peak was described as being one of the best three wrist-spinners in the world.

In an international career that spanned from 1990 until 2003, he claimed 185 wickets in Test cricket and 161 in ODIs.

He was at his most prolific internationally between 1995 and 1998, but his most successful years were as a domestic player for Sussex in the early 2000s.

Mushtaq was part of the Pakistan team which won the 1992 World Cup, and five years later, he was named as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year.

During his time with Sussex, he was the leading wicket-taker in the County Championship for five successive seasons, and helped the county win the competition in 2003, 2006 and 2007.

He made his full international debut on March 23, 1989, playing an ODI against Sri Lanka. He took two wickets for 33 runs in the match, which Pakistan won by 30 runs.

In late 2008, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) appointed Mushtaq as spin-bowling coach until 2014. He was bowling coach of Surrey County Cricket Club for brief period of time in 2012. In 2014, Mushataq was named as Pakistan cricket team’s bowling consultant under new coach Waqar Younis. -APP