Former Pakistan star Azhar Mahmood will ring the five-minute bell before the fourth day of England’s Test Match against Pakistan at Lord’s.
Mahmood, who is currently Pakistan’s Bowling Coach, retired from international cricket in 2007, having played 21 Test matches and 143 One-Day Internationals for his country in a career spanning eleven years.
The all-rounder also became one of the most experienced players in the T20 format, playing 230 matches in the short format, and featuring for many different teams around the world, including both Surrey and Kent in England.
Mahmood follows Waqar Younis in ringing the five-minute bell, as the former Pakistan seamer signalled the start of play on the third day between England and Pakistan.
The ringing of the bell at a Lord’s Test by an international cricketer, administrator or well-known enthusiast of the sport is a recent tradition introduced in 2007.
The bell, which is located outside the Bowlers’ Bar of the Lord’s Pavilion, is rung to signify the imminent start of play, and it has become a great honour to be invited to ring it on the morning of a Test match.
The full list of previous bell ringers can be found below.