A natural athlete possessing a wonderfully languid action and blessed with considerable pace, Mahmood was picked up by Lancashire in 2002 after impressing with the ball in the Bolton Leagues.
An England one-day call-up followed as soon as 2004 and two years later he picked up five wickets on Test debut against Sri Lanka.
A well-disguised slower ball is among his main weapons but Mahmood admits a lack of consistency has been his biggest weakness, and it is this issue that has hampered his career at the highest level.
The last of the seamer’s 38 international appearances to date came in a one-day international against South Africa in November 2009, yet he enjoyed success at county level in 2011 as part of the Lancashire side that won the LV= County Championship title.
The following campaign was not so successful; Mahmood struggled and spent a period on loan at Somerset. He ended his 10-year association with Lancashire - who were relegated - once the season concluded, and subsequently signed a two-year contract with Essex.