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Mushtaq Ahmed opts for Pakistan over England

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The Pakistan Cricket Board have snared away former England spin bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed to work with their own Test team.

BBC Sport reports how a statement from the PCB read: "Acting on the recommendation of the coach selection committee, the chairman, Mr Najam Sethi, has appointed former Pakistan leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed as the national spin bowling coach with immediate effect."

It's a homecoming of sorts of Ahmed, affectionately known as 'Mushy', who represented Pakistan 52 times at Test level.

The leg-spinner is the latest departure from the England setup following the disastrous 2013 Ashes campaign in Australia, which yielded a 5-0 whitewash.

He follows former head coach Andy Flower, batting coach Graham Gooch and limited-overs coach Ashley Giles out of the exit door at the ECB. Elsewhere, Kevin Pietersen is now deemed persona non grata within the England setup as well as changes on the selection board, with definite winds of change in the air.

And England's loss is most certainly Pakistan's gain, as Ahmed had worked with England during a particularly fruitful period for spinner Graeme Swann, and oversaw the reintroduction of Monty Panesar into international contention.

Ahmed took 185 wickets for his national side in his 52 Test appearances, and the 43-year-old will begin his new job with immediate effect.

His main duties are thought to be working with developing the Pakistani spinners, as well forming a strong support team.

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