Mahmood making Surrey return

  • Last Updated: April 19 2013, 12:38 BST

Surrey have confirmed the signing of Azhar Mahmood as a non-overseas player for this summer's Friends Life T20.

Azhar Mahmood: Signed for Surrey

The Pakistan all rounder spent six seasons at the Oval between 2002 and 2007 and has also had a spell in county cricket with Kent.

The 38-year-old is currently playing in the Indian Premier League with the Kings XI Punjab and has played 170 Twenty20 matches, taking 190 wickets.

"It feels very special to be coming back to Surrey and the Kia Oval," Mahmood said. "I enjoyed my time with Kent but ever since I left Surrey in 2007 I was always getting messages from Surrey fans and supporters asking when I was coming back, so I say thank you especially to Chris Adams and Alec Stewart in bringing me home.

"Obviously it's a very different set up to when I was last at Surrey and Twenty20 cricket has also gone from strength to strength so it's exciting times ahead. I like the squad Surrey have for Twenty20.

"It looks strong and a real mix of youth and experience, and I look forward to catching up with the guys when I get back from India."

Surrey Team Director Chris Adams added: "From what I gather Azhar has been sorely missed since he left and should never have been released in the first place.

"Come the start of the FLT20, to have such a high skilled player of his quality to fill a number of roles with bat and ball is a great bonus for us.

"He comes with a wealth of experience, a great record behind him and we're really really pleased."

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