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Mushtaq lands ECB coaching role

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Mushtaq Ahmed

Mushtaq Ahmed helped Sussex to three County Championship titles

The ECB has announced the appointment of Mushtaq Ahmed as a spin-bowling coach.

The 38-year-old former Pakistan and Sussex leg-spinner will work for ECB on a consultancy basis and his role will include working with the spinners in the England Test and one-day squads, the England Performance Programme and Elite Player Development programmes.

David Parsons, the ECB performance director and formerly ECB lead spin bowling coach, said: “We are very excited that a bowler of Mushtaq’s standing within the game has decided to join our team of specialist coaches based at the National Cricket Performance Centre at Loughborough.

“He will have a role to play at all levels of the game. His primary task will be to mentor our leading spin bowlers in the Test, one-day and performance squads but we also believe he can help encourage youngsters at the grassroots of the game to take up and learn the art of spin-bowling.”

ECB managing director - England cricket Hugh Morris added: “It’s critical that we nurture and develop the next generation of England spin bowlers using the expertise and knowledge of former players such as Mushtaq.

"Spin has been integral to the success of the world’s best cricket teams and we are keen to ensure that there is a constant flow of spin-bowling talent into the England set-up.”

Mushtaq recently announced his retirement from first-class cricket after helping Sussex to three County Championship titles between 2003 and 2007.