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History of PakPassion.net

January 2009 

 

PakPassion interviews up and coming and highly rated left arm pace bowler Mohammad Aamer and young pace star Mohammad Talha.

Also in January PakPassion conducts an interview with Aqib Javed about his ongoing work at the NCA in Lahore.
The exclusive interview with Mohammed Akram regarding the replacement of Shoaib Malik as skipper is quoted on a variety of media outlets including Cricinfo, ESPN and The Times.
PakPassion launches live text commentary for the ODI series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
 
February 2009 
 
PakPassion conducts its second interview with Aqib Javed and this time its regarding his views on many of the rising stars of Pakistan cricket.PakPassion also conducts an interview with former Pakistani batsman and current skipper of KRL, Mohammad Wasim.
PakPassion TV is launched with live coverage of the first Test match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka from Karachi.
PakPassion is invited by UK-based Asian TV Channel DM Digital to take part in a live one-hour special cricket programme.
 
March 2009 
 
PakPassion interviews Mohammad Irfan and Bilal Shafayat.
 
April 2009
 
Eastern Eye has a 2-page spread on PakPassion's find Mohammad Irfan.
PakPassion interviews former U-19 star Akhtar Ayub and Suleman Qadir, the son of former legspin genius Abdul Qadir.
PakPassion interviews former Essex player and now fast bowling coach Ian Pont, the man behind the new Indian pace sensation, Atul Sharma.
PakPassion announces its partnership with Willow TV in providing members with LIVE streaming over the Internet.
 
May 2009 
 
PakPassion interviews former Pakistan coach Richard Pybus.
PakPassion meets up with Pakistani and Essex leg-spinner Danish Kaneria.
PakPassion interviews Mohammad Asif at the London Cricket School.
 
June 2009 
 
PakPassion interviews former Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson at the Oval during the Twenty/20 World Cup. Audio and text available. The quotes from Lawson are seen all over the world.
PakPassion interviews legendary Pakistani cricketer Wasim Akram at the Oval during the Twenty/20 World Cup. [Audio and text available]
PakPassion provides exclusive and interactive coverage of the Twenty20 World Cup, including exclusive pictures and audios of the pre-match and post-match press conferences, live updates from the site of action.
 
July 2009 
 
 PakPassion interviews former Pakistan A leg-spinner Imran Tahir and former Under-19 World Cup winner Tariq "Murali" Mahmood.
PakPassion also conducts a short interview with former Pakistan wicket-keeper Wasim Bari and reveals that he would like to see Imran Nazir back in the ODI squad.
PakPassion also breaks news of the resignation of former Pakistan captain, Aamir Sohail from the post of Director NCA.
PakPassion breaks another news as allrounder, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan is recalled to the ODI side.
PakPassion interviews Pakistan's 2006 Under-19 World Cu star and fast bowling sensation, Anwar Ali.
 
August 2009 
 
PakPassion conducts another interview with former Pakistan speed demon Mohammad Zahid.
 
September 2009
 
PakPassion launches the Mohammad Zahid blog. A regular feature where the former Pakistan pace bowler gives members insight into his own career and opinions on the world of Pakistani cricket.
PakPassion interviews former Pakistan player and coach Mudassar Nazar.
 
October 2009 
 
 PakPassion interviews former young Pakistan opening batsman Nasir Jamshed.
PakPassion breaks news regarding Shahid Afridi's decision to not play Test cricket until at least 2010.
 
November 2009
 
PakPassion launches the Mohammad Akram blog - a regular feature where the former Pakistan pace bowler gives members insight into his own career and opinions on the world of Pakistani cricket.
PakPassion is honoured to interview former England and Yorkshire batting legend, Geoffrey Boycott.
PakPassion is named in the Daily Telegraph's Top twenty Cricket Websites.
The PCB Website starts using interviews and articles from PakPassion.
 
December 2009
 
PakPassion interviews former Pakistan opening batsman Taufeeq Umar (with audio).
PakPassion interviews Sui Southern Gas skipper Saeed Bin Nasir (with audio).
PakPassion interviews former Pakistan captain Moin Khan.
The Pakistan Cricket Board website starts using exclusive pictures from PakPassion.
PakPassion interviews former Pakistan pace bowler Shahid Nazir. 
 
 
January 2010 
 
PakPassion interviews former Pakistan fielding coach Julien Fountain.
An interactive Q & A thread with Julien Fountain.
Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik are interviewed whilst on the tour of Australia.
A short interview with allrounder Shahid Afridi and a press release on his behalf is issued by Pakpassion.
 
February 2010 
 
PakPassion interviews Pakistan hockey legend, Sohail Abbas.
PakPassion does a feature on the Afghanistan team and speaks to coach Kabir Khan. 
PakPassion speaks to Shoaib Akhtar regarding his future plans.
PakPassion reports from the press box at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium during the T-20I matches between Pakistan and England.
PakPassion interviews former Chief Selector Iqbal Qasim.
PakPassion catches up with Geoffrey Boycott in South Africa. 
 
March 2010
 
PakPassion interviews former Pakistan opening batsman Shoaib Mohammad. 
PakPassion speaks to Inzamam ul Haq for his thoughts on the current state of affairs in Pakistan cricket.
PakPassion does an interview with the Pakistan Under-19s skipper Azeem Ghumman.
Mohammad Yousuf speaks to PakPassion regarding his decision to quit international cricket.
PakPassion does an interview with senior batsman Younis Khan in the USA.
 
April 2010 
 
PakPassion presents an exclusive interview with former Pakistan batsman Basit Ali.
PakPassion are invited on BBC to take part in a live program regarding the IPL.
PakPassion presents exclusive pictures of the new Pakistan shirt to be used at the T-20 World Cup.
PakPassion presents exclusive pictures from the making of the video of the official song for the T20 World Cup.
PakPassion meets the T-20 World Cup bound squad at Gatwick Marriott Hotel and speaks to coach Waqar Younis, fast bowler Mohammad Asif and allrounder Abdul Razzaq.
 
May 2010 
 
PakPassion makes second appearance on BBC Asian Network Radio Show. 
PakPassion become the first media source to catch up with Pakistani players after the concluded 2010 Twenty20 World Cup.
PakPassion interviews former Pakistan batsman Sadiq Mohammad and current Pakistan batsman Faisal Iqbal.
 
June 2010 
 
PakPassion conducts an interview with promising young batsman Umar Amin.
PakPassion interviews Pakistan squash player Carla Khan.
PakPassion interviews former Pakistan captain Asif Iqbal.
 
July 2010 
 
PakPassion interviews Pakistan batsman Fawad Alam.
PakPassion provides exclusive and interactive coverage of the MCC Spirit of Cricket series versus Australia held in England. Coverage includes exclusive pre-match and match action, full audios and videos of post-match press conference pitcures/videos, updates from match venues, etc.
PakPassion interviews promising Australian batsman Usman Khawaja.
PakPassion interviews Pakistan Under-19 captain Azeem Ghumman.
PakPassion interviews Pakistan chief selector Mohsin Khan and PakPassion also interviews Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson.  
 

July/August/September 2010 

 

PakPassion provides exclusive and interactive coverage of the Pakistan tour of England (Test, ODI and T20I matches). Coverage includes pictures from the pre-match and match action, full audios and videos of press conferences and updates from match venues, etc.   

August 2010 - PakPassion get a weekly column in the respected UAE newspaper The National.
PakPassion is invited to the prominent radio show BBC Test Match Special. 
 
September 2010 
 
PakPassion interviews former Pakistan batsman Asif Iqbal. PakPassion also becomes an authorised seller for Boom Boom. 
 
October 2010 
 
PakPassion interviews Pakistan's Under 19 World Cup star, Jamshed Ahmed, Pakistan's upcoming paceman, Tanvir Ahmed and Pakistan's frontline off-spinner Saeed Ajmal. PakPassion also interviews two foreign international cricketers - England's allrounder Adil Rashid and South Africa's most improved player, Hashim Amla. PakPassion also gets the honour of speaking with the ICC Umpire of the Year, Aleem Dar and former Pakistan batsman, Asif Iqbal.
 
November 2010 
 
PakPassion interviews many Pakistani players who are waiting for their name to be cleared so they can represent Pakistan once again which includes Danish Kaneria, Kamran Akmal and Yasir Hameed. PakPassion also interviews upcoming players, Ahmed Shehzad and Adnan Akmal.
 

December 2010 

 

 PakPassion interviews former Pakistan batsman Rameez Raja and Boom Boom's Managing Director Ali Ehsan.    

 

 January 2011

 

PakPassion interviews Pakistan middle order batsman Asim Kamal, and Mohammad Amir's lawyer Shahid Karim before the announcement of the verdict.

In a build-up to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, PakPassion presents an exclusive interview with Mudassar Nazar, former Pakistan coach and director of pakistan's National Cricket Academy.

 

February 2011
 
PakPassion members influence the design of Pakistan's official kit for the 2011 World Cup.
PakPassion interviews Zulqarnain Haider regarding his latest staus and Inzazmam-ul- Haq for his World Cup preview.
PakPassion once again makes an appearance on BBC Asian Network Special Show.
PakPassion breaks news that Mohammad Asif will be appealing to the CAS.

As the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 draws near, PakPassion's writers present their World Cup team previews - detailed analyses of all the major teams participating in the prestigious tournament along with the predictions of their performances.

As the excitement grows, PakPassion presents exclusive interviews and pre-tournament quotes from those who are participating in the tournament, including Pakistani opener and allrounder Mohammad Hafeez as well as the last-minute selection, Junaid Khan and Pakistan team manager and double World Cup winning coach/manager, Intikhab Alam.

Pakistan's batting legend, Inzamam-ul-Haq presents the PakPassion World Cup preview. However, the focus was not only on Pakistan as PakPassion interviews Julien Fountain, Bangladesh's fielding coach to know more about his team's preparations for the all-important tournament. With the high-profile tournament approaching, PakPassion makes sure that all the aspects of the game are covered by interviewing the 2010 ICC Umpire of the Year, Aleem Dar. PakPassion does not forget the ones missing out on the opportunity to feature in the coveted tournament and catches up with Pakistan opener Shahzaib Hasan and middle order batsman Fawad Alam.

 

Ahead of the important clash against the hosts Sri Lanka in a group match at the World Cup, PakPassion speaks with Pakistan team manager Intikhab Alam and seeks his views on Pakistan's ongoing World Cup campaign. 

 

March 2011 

 

PakPassion interviews former players and seasoned observers of the game for their thoughts on Pakistan team's performance at the World Cup thus far. The lineup included Mohammad Waseem, Ramiz Raja, Danish Kaneria and Basit Ali. PakPassion speaks with Sohail Tanvir and Mohammad Waseem on Shoaib Akhtar's retirement from international cricket. PakPassion speaks with Pakistan vice-captain Misbah-ul-Haq following Pakistan's historic win against Australia in a group match, ending Australia's 34-match unbeaten run at the World Cups.

PakPassion is honoured to interview the West Indian fast bowling legend, Michael Holding. PakPassion also speaks to Bangladesh's ex-captain and current middle order batsman, Mohammad Ashraful.

 

Just before the epic clash of the sub-continental titans in the world cup semi-final, Pakistan's biggest cricket game for 12 years, PakPassion emerges as the source for discussions, previews, insights and exclusives - not just from Pakistani commentators and experts and those who have played in previous Indo-Pak contests, but also from their Indian counter-parts. This includes a chat with Mudassar Nazar, Amir Sohail, the Little Master Hanif Mohammad and an extensive interview with Ajit Agarkar, former Indian pace bowler, currently a respected Sky TV analyst and a veteran of Indo-Pak clashes. Added to that are exclusive interviews and pre-game quotes from those who are participating in the game including Pakistan manager and double-World Cup winning coach Intikhab Alam and Saeed Ajmal, one of the world's leading exponents of off-spin, and Pakistan's trump card, thus making PP a unique source for World Cup discussion, interviews, analyses and comments.

PakPassion also speaks to the banned Pakistani fast bowler, Mohammad Asif who pays a tribute to late Bob Woolmer on his fourth death anniversary. PakPassion speaks to former Pakistani cricketer and Shoaib Akhtar's captain in domestic cricket, Mohammad Wasim and seeks his views on Shoaib Akhtar's retirement.

 

April 2011

 

PakPassion gets a mention in Newsweek Pakistan in their feature on Pakistan's 2011 World Cup kit.

April proves to be a "Month of Legends" as PakPassion relives history and is honoured to present exclusive interviews with the "greats" of the game. The line-up includes the Little Master Hanif Mohammad, Asif Iqbal and the Asian Bradman Zaheer Abbas who share their memories with us and also give their opinions on the current state of affairs of Pakistan cricket. 

PakPassion also conducts a detailed interview with England fast bowler, Sajid Mahmood and the PCB Director for Domestic Cricket, Sultan Rana.

In addition to this, PakPassion also has a wide-ranging and exclusive post-World Cup discussion with Pakistan captain, Shahid Afridi.

PakPassion presents exclusive pictures from Pakistan team's pre-tour camp at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.

The West Indian legend, Michael Holding was heard during the second ODI between Pakistan and West Indies at St. Lucia, questioning the legality of the "doosra". PakPassion catches up with him after the match and seeks his views on the mystery ball in detail. 

 

Apr-May 2011 

 

 PakPassion's representatives in the West Indies bring exclusive pictures (from on and off the field action) from Pakistan's Carribbean tour. 

 

May 2011 

 

PakPassion speaks with former Chief Selector Iqbal Qasim and seeks his views on Pakistan team's selection for the Test series against the West Indies.

PakPassion presents an exclusive VIDEO interview with the talented young batsman from Lahore, Usman Salahuddin shortly after he makes his debut in the fourth ODI versus West Indies.

PakPassion presents full coverage of the MOL 6-A-Side Tournament at Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, including LIVE score updates and exclusive pictures. The competition features Pakistani stars Shoaib Malik, Abdul Razzaq, Imran Nazir, Sohail Tanvir and Fawad Alam.

PakPassion speaks to the hard-hitting Pakistani opener, Imran Nazir and former captain and allrounder Shoaib Malik, both of whom express the hope of making an international comeback soon. 

Details of Shahid Afridi's ongoing feud with coach Waqar Younis are revealed to PakPassion.net when a source close to Afridi provides details of several heated exchanges between the LOI skipper and former Pakistan fast bowler-turned-coach Waqar Younis. 

PakPassion catches up with former Pakistan captain, current coach of Afghanistan, thought by many observers to be Pakistan’s finest ever wicket keeper and one of the foremost cricketing experts and coaches in Pakistan, Rashid Latif for an exclusive discussion on Pakistan's current wicket-keeping travails and upcoming wicketkeepers including Mohammad Salman, Sarfraz Ahmed, Adnan Akmal and Zulqarnain Haider.

Continuing the series of expert opinions on the ongoing series against the West Indies, PakPassion speaks to former fast bowler Sarfraz Nawaz and seeks his comments on various issues related to the Pakistan team and the PCB. 

Shahid Afridi speaks to PakPassion and brushes aside the rumours of relinquishing the ODI and Twenty20 captaincy after receiving a showcause notice from the PCB for allegedly making statements against coach Waqar Younis.

PakPassion speaks to Sohail Tanvir following his appointment as the captain of Pakistan A team for the home series against Afghanistan.

PakPassion catches up with ex-Pakistani opener and Coach Mudassar Nazar to know his opinion on the axing of Shahid Afridi as the captain of the ODI team prior to the ODI series against Ireland and the subsequent appointment of Misbah-ul-Haq.

PakPassion's list of foreign intervewees continues to grow as we speak to the Sri Lankan batsman, Thilan Samaraweera who was part of the Sri Lankan squad that was attacked by terrorists in Lahore.

PakPassion speaks with the upcoming fast bowler from Chakwal, Sadaf Hussain who was also a part of the Pakistan squad for the ODI series against the West Indies.

PakPassion presents exclusive pictures, reports, LIVE commentary and score updates from Pakistan's tour to Ireland. At Belfast, PakPassion catches up with the skipper Misbah-ul-Haq and hears his views on the Test series in the West Indies, newcomer paceman Junaid Khan, the ODI captaincy and the benefit of Pakistan playing a short two-match series against a relatively weak opposition. PakPassion also speaks with Pakistan team manager Intikhab Alam after the conclusion of the ODI series against Ireland.

 

June 2011

 

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq speaks with PakPassion and strongly denies captaincy quit rumours.

PakPassion speaks with a PCB official and seeks the board's point of view on Shahid Afridi's conditional retirement in a protest against the board, followed by a string of interviews on TV. 

 

PakPassion speaks with the talented young batsman, Umar Akmal who expressed his desire of making his name in Test cricket along with talking about various other aspects.

In an attempt to seek the views and opinions of the experts of the game on the PCB versus Shahid Afridi issue, PakPassion spoke with former Pakistani cricketers Tauseef Ahmed and Asif Iqbal who offered contrasting opinions on the newest controversy to hit Pakistan cricket.

 

PakPassion achieves yet another milestone as we get the distinguished pleasure of interviewing ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat. 

PakPassion speaks to the promising Test batsman Azhar Ali about his introduction to international cricket, his lack of a Test century and the key to his excellent temperament.

Banned Pakistani pacer, Mohammad Amir speaks exclusively to PakPassion and confirms his "controversial" appearance in a Surrey Cricket League Division One match for Addington.

PakPassion has a brief discussion with former cricketer, Sikander Bakht on the latest developments in the Shahid Afridi versus PCB issue after the allrounder decides to take the matter to the Court.

PakPassion not only focuses on the players and their performance, but also on the equipment that they make use of as we conduct a detailed interview with one of the finest batmakers in the world, James Laver.

 

PakPassion continues interviewing current and former international cricketers with latest batch of interviewees comprising wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal, Asif Mujtaba and the upcoming fast bowler from Faisalabad, Asad Ali. PakPassion also conducts a 'revealing' interview with former PCB training and rehabilitation consultant Dr. Tauseef Razzaq who speaks about his stint with Pakistan team, subsequent events and his close relationship with Rawalpindi Express, Shoaib Akhtar.

With the domestic Twenty20 carnival nearing its start, PakPassion caught up with Chief selector Mohsin Hassan Khan as well as promising allrounder from Rawalpindi, Hammad Azam for their thoughts and expectations from the first edition of Faysal Bank Super 8 Twenty20 Cup.

 

July 2011

 

PakPassion catches up with former captain Rashid Latif to seek his views on the latest rule changes enforced by the ICC. PakPassion also speaks with former off-spinner and Hyderabad Hawks coach Tauseef Ahmed as well as the Faysal Bank Super 8 Twenty20 Cup winning team Rawalpindi Rams coach Sabih Azhar for a review of the domestic Twenty20 tournament held in Faisalabad.

PakPassion launches a new section - "Ask the Expert"  where current and former coaches and players would discuss the technical aspects of the game and answer the queries of the website's members.

PakPassion covered the Islamic Relief Charity Dinner - an event held in London on 9th July 2011 in aid for Pakistan. The event featured a number of well-known cricketers and dignitaries and was headed by none other than Wasim Akram.

PakPassion speaks with former fast bowler Sarfraz Nawaz about the future of fast bowling in Pakistan following his coaching stint with the upcoming pacers who attended the Emerging Players Camp organised by the PCB. PakPassion also speaks with former Pakistan offspinner Tauseef Ahmed who was part of the coaching team at the Camp for emerging spinners and allrounders.

PakPassion are the proud attendees of yet another event organised by international charity Islamic Relief in their continued efforts to help the flood victims in Pakistan.

PakPassion interviews Pakistan's fast bowling spearhead Umar Gul as well as former Pakistan pacer Sikander Bakht.

PakPassion speaks with Chief Selector Mohsin Khan to know the thinking behind the squad combination and the choice of personnel for Pakistan's tour of Zimbabwe.

 

August 2011

 

PakPassion speaks with Pakistan offspinner Saeed Ajmal to seek his views on his Indian counterpart, Harbhajan Singh's below par performances in the Test series against England.

PakPassion catches up with former Test cricketer and Chief Selector Iqbal Qasim for his thoughts on the team selection for Pakistan's tour to Zimbabwe.

PakPassion's Saj Sadiq is the first media personnel to report ugly scenes at the end of India's warm-up game at Northamptonshire wherein medium pacer Praveen Kumar was involved in a spat with some fans.

PakPassion interviews Pakistan's latest fast bowling find, the left-arm pace bowler from Swabi - Junaid Khan. The Lancashire County Cricket Club soon confirms to PakPassion that they are hopeful of coming to an agreement with the PCB regarding Junaid's participation in the Friends Life T20 Finals day.

PakPassion catches up with former Test cricketer and Chief selector Amir Sohail for his expert opinion on the recent selection of players for the Central Contracts.

PakPassion speaks with Pakistan captain and middle order batsman Misbah-ul-Haq following his nomination in two categories for the LG ICC Awards 2011.

PakPassion catches up with the recently discarded Lahore batsman Usman Salahuddin - the article gets "noticed" by those in the corridors of power who then announce his addition to the list of players selected for stipend contract.  

PakPassion speaks with former Pakistan captain Mushtaq Mohammad for a brief analysis of the Indian team's performance in the Test series against England.  

PakPassion catches up with Pakistan's latest batting sensation, Rameez Raja Jr. on his ambitions and expectations following his selection in the Pakistan squad for the tour of Zimbabwe. 

PakPassion speaks with former England and current Lancashire coach, Peter Moores who provides an in-depth analysis of the young Pakistani pace bowler Junaid Khan's performance in his first stint of County cricket as well as his overall bowling skills.

PakPassion interviews allrounder Shoaib Malik following his clearance from the PCB Integrity Committee.

PakPassion conducts detailed interviews with medium pacer and Shahid Afridi's elder brother, Tariq Afridi and Pakistan's current exponent of offspin bowling, Saeed Ajmal.

Former Pakistani opener and Coach Mudassar Nazar shares his choice of Coach for Pakistan team with PakPassion, following Waqar Younis' resignation from the post.

PakPassion catches with National Bank opening batsman Nasir Jamshed for a review of the first edition of Cool & Cool Corporate Twenty20 Night Tournament organised by former Pakistan wicket-keeper and captain, Moin Khan. PakPassion also speaks with the young left-handed batsman and Jamshed's team mate Umar Amin on his international career thus far and his future ambitions.

PakPassion speaks with the Asian Bradman, Zaheer Abbas - a member of the four-man committee formed by the PCB in a bid to look for a new Coach for Pakistan team following Waqar Younis' resignation from the post.

 

September 2011

 

PakPassion speaks with Pakistan team manager Naveed Akram Cheema ahead of the Test match between Pakistan and Zimbabwe at Bulawayo.

Banned Pakistani pacer Mohammad Asif explains to PakPassion his traumas and difficulties of the last twelve months following the spot-fixing scandal.

Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria speaks to PakPassion about the coaching abilities of his former Essex team mate and current England Coach, Andy Flower.

PakPassion interviews left-arm fast bowler and Pakistan's rising star, Wahab Riaz who had also been nominated for the LG ICC Emerging Player of the Year award.

Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar sends a message to PakPassion shortly after receiving the ICC Umpire of the Year Award for the third time in a row.

PakPassion has the distinct pleasure of speaking with former Pakistan captain and an ICC Hall of Famer, Wasim Akram in a no-holds-barred conversation on a wide range of topics related to the great game of cricket.

PakPassion speaks with former Pakistan and current Cape Cobras Coach Richard Pybus prior to his team's departure to India for participating in the Champions League T20.

PakPassion catches up with allrounder Yasir Arafat shortly after his team's victory in the Clydesdale Bank 40 final against Somerset.

With the hunt for a coach for the national team in full swing, PakPassion speaks with former Pakistan Coach Richard Pybus according to whom coaching Pakistan is the "toughest job in world cricket".

PakPassion is honoured to speak with the legendary allrounder and the captain the 1992 World Cup winning team, Imran Khan for a brief discussion about the current state of Pakistan cricket, the seemingly never-ending production line of talent in the country and the use of technology in world cricket as well as various other aspects of the game.

 

PakPassion conducts a detailed interview with former West Indian Test allrounder and current Coach of Ireland, Phil Simmons.

PakPassion speaks with Faisalabad Wolves and SNGPL's 22-year old medium-fast bowler Asad Ali at the end of his successful stint in English League cricket where he helped his team Woodlane to the North Staffs & South Cheshire ECB Premiere League title.

 

Sep-October 2011

 

As Pakistan's premiere domestic Twenty20 tournament, the Faysal Bank T-20 Cup 2011-12 nears its start at the National Stadium Karachi, PakPassion becomes a popular source for discussions, previews, insights and exclusives - not just from former Pakistan cricketers and current domestic coaches, but also from some of the notable performers during the course of the tournament. This includes a tournament preview by Hyderabad Hawks' Coach Tauseef Ahmed, an exclusive chat with Faisalabad Wolves and Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez, Abbottabad Falcons opener Yasir Hameed, Lahore Lions wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal, Lahore Eagles Coach Manzoor Elahi, Rawalpindi Rams middle order batsman Umar Amin as well as Chief Selector Mohsin Hassan Khan, Asim Kamal and Shahzaib Hasan for the tournament review . Added to that are the exclusive pictures from the site of action, LIVE commentary and score updates on Twitter, videos (with transcripts) of press conferences by Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq, Afghan spinner Mohammad Nabi, Pakistan offspinner Saeed Ajmal, all-rounder Shoaib Malik and fast bowler Umar Gul (where he makes the infamous ball tampering comments) - thus making PakPassion a unique source for news, discussion and analyses of the country's domestic Twenty20 cricket carnival. Meanwhile, PakPassion also becomes the first media outlet to reveal the names of players selected in Pakistan squads for the Test series against Sri Lanka and the Hong Kong Sixes Tournament.

 

October 2011

 

Pakistan fast bowler Umar Gul seeks to clarify his ball tampering comments via a statement provided exclusively to PakPassion. Gul was caught up in the centre of a controversy during a post-match press conference at the National Stadium Karachi, when he allegedly accused two English bowlers of engaging in acts that alter the condition of a cricket ball.

PakPassion speaks with Chief Selector Mohsin Hasan Khan who shares his views on the quality of cricket at the Faysal Bank T-20 Cup 2011-12, Umar Akmal's non-selection for the Test series against Sri Lanka as well as his appointment as the interim Coach for the national team.

PakPassion conducts an exclusive interview with wicket-keeper Mohammad Salman.

PakPassion catches up with former Pakistan Coach Geoff Lawson who believes that the Pakistan Cricket Board in their quest for a successor to Waqar Younis would be best served to appoint a foreign coach instead of a local one.

PakPassion has the distinct honour of interviewing Mushtaq Mohammed - a great veteran cricketer who speaks in fascinating detail to us about his early days, his cricketing career and his eventual retirement.

PakPassion catches up with the opening batsman from Karachi, Shahzaib Hasan who speaks of his disappointment at the Karachi Dolphins missing out on winning the Faysal Bank T-20 Cup 2011-12 on home turf and his hopes for an international recall.

Former Pakistan Cricket Board CEO and cricketer Majid Khan confirms to PakPassion that despite the rumours and media stories, he was not approached to replace Ijaz Butt as the Chairman PCB.

PakPassion interviews Paul Nash - the Commercial Manager of Boom Boom Cricket and the outgoing Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board - Ijaz Butt.

PakPassion catches up with discarded middle order batsman Fawad Alam and opener Ahmed Shehzad who speak of their aims in the ongoing domestic cricket season in the hope of resurrecting their international careers. PakPassion also speaks with Sadaf Hussain - the lanky pacer from Rawalpindi who set the stage alight with his fiery performances in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, as well as Anwar Ali who is in Maldives for the SAARC U-25 Cricket Tournament.

PakPassion are the proud attendees at the launching ceremony of the ICC Reliance T20I rankings.

PakPassion extends its list of foreign interviewees with Tony Greig - the great commentator and David Dwyer - Pakistan's former trainer being the latest addition.

 

 

Oct-November 2011 

 

 PakPassion's representative attended the spot-fixing trial at the Southwark Crown Court and provided exclusive updates from the site.

PakPassion provides exclusive and interactive coverage of the Test and ODI series as well as the only T20I between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the UAE. Coverage includes exclusive pictures from the pre-match and match action, full audio of post-match press conferences as well as LIVE updates from match venues, match reports at the end of day's play and match commentary on Twitter. Added to that were the exclusive previews, reviews, insights and discussions with Basit Ali, Saeed Ajmal, Iqbal Qasim, Mudassar Nazar as well as interim Coach Mohsin Khan on a regular basis for his thoughts on the proceedings in the UAE.

 

November 2011 

 

 PakPassion speaks with Sabih Azhar, Pakistan's U-25 coach for the SAARC T20 Tournament in Maldives, ahead of the team's semi-final match.

A close friend of Mohammad Asif confirms to PakPassion that the former pace bowler is in good spirits in Category B Wandsworth prison. A source close to Salman Butt confirms to PakPassion about the formal submission of an appeal against the former captain's sentence.

PakPassion speaks with a number of current Pakistani First Class cricketers for their thoughts on the custodial sentences handed out to the trio of Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir.PakPassion gets a unique opportunity to meet and conduct interviews with a number of New Zealand players, including current captain Ross Taylor, former captain Daniel Vettori, and fast bowling duo of Tim Southee and Kyle Mills.  

PakPassion catches up with ex-selector and '80s opening batsman Shoaib Mohammad for his views on Pakistan's Test opening pair of Mohammad Hafeez and Taufeeq Umar.

Former Pakistan captain and wicket-keeper Rashid Latif sends an article to PakPassion.net questioning the intentions behind Lord Condon's latest statements regarding the prevalence of match-fixing in cricket.

PakPassion presents an exclusive interview with exciting Bangladeshi opening batsman Tamim Iqbal.

Shortly after the announcement of Pakistan's squad for the tour of Bangladesh, PakPassion catches up with left-arm medium-fast bowler Mohammad Khalil who speaks of his determination to return to international cricket and how he feels he has an unfinished business to complete.

Former Pakistan Test cricketer Aamer Sohail mentions PakPassion on air on the 16th November episode of Bolain Kya Baat Hai on Geo Super. 

PakPassion presents an exclusive interview with former opening batsman and Pakistani commentator Ramiz Raja.

PakPassion speaks with Pakistan coach Mohsin Khan who speaks in detail on a wide range of topics including the effects of the recent changes in rules of ODI cricket made by the ICC, the possible challanges his side is going to face against Bangladesh and its preparations, as well as his willingness to take up the role of coach permanently on the right terms and conditions.

Pakistan allrounder Abdul Razzaq speaks with PakPassion, confirming that he is confident that he will be fit for the start of the Big Bash League in Australia.

PakPassion presents an exclusive interview with the Pakistan-born Netherlands cricketer Mudassar Bukhari and Worcestershire opening batsman Moeen Ali.

 

December 2011

 

PakPassion speaks with middle order batsman Azhar Ali about his team's performance in the Test series versus Sri Lanka in UAE as well as his personal performance and his maiden Test hundred.

PakPassion provides match reports of each day's play as well as score updates and match commentary on Twitter throughout Pakistan's tour of Bangladesh.

PakPassion catches up with discarded opening batsman Khurram Manzoor who speaks of his hopes of regaining his place in Pakistan's batting line-up.

A PCB official confirms to PakPassion that the search for coach has now been narrowed down to one recommendation for each of the four vacant positions.

PakPassion catches up with Julien Fountain - a strong candidate for the role of Pakistan's fielding coach. PakPassion also conducts a detailed interview with former Pakistan fast bowler and one of the more vocal ex-cricketers, Sarfraz Nawaz.

In a discussion with PakPassion, former Test cricketer and current SNGPL coach Basit Ali talks about flamboyant batsman Umar Akmal's strengths and weaknesses, asserting that he needs a "change of attitude".

Acting Chief Selector Mohammad Ilyas confirms to PakPassion that Pakistan's squad for the home series against England in UAE will be announced after the conclusion of the Test series versus Bangladesh.

Discarded batsman Yasir Hameed speaks to PakPassion and mentions his desire to meet with the PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf to discuss his international cricket future.

In exclusive remarks to PakPassion.net, the top run scorer of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy (Division One), Afaq Raheem expresses his satisfaction at his outstanding domestic performance in the season and his hopes of earning an international call-up.

Speaking exclusively to PakPassion.net during the Test series versus Bangladesh, Pakistan coach Mohsin Khan pays tribute to the batting skills of Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq and expresses his hopes for the revival of Shoaib Malik's career.

PakPassion presents an exclusive interview with Test cricketer and Habib Bank captain, Hasan Raza where he speaks of the thrill of making a record-breaking debut, his progress in domestic cricket and his burning ambition to play for Pakistan again.

Speaking to PakPassion.net, an ECB spokesman denies the allegations that the Sharjah Cricket Stadium has been ignored as venue against Pakistan due to its links to alleged match-fixing.

In an exclusive chat with PakPassion.net, Sarfraz Nawaz who has been named member of the PCB's Task Team for the development of domestic cricket, speaks of his aims, hopes and expectations to come up with some good ideas to take Pakistan cricket into the future.  

PakPassion presents an exclusive interview with allrounder Azhar Mahmood in which he discusses the highs and lows of his international career and highlights some important issues surrounding Pakistan cricket.

Pakpassion speaks with PIA middle order batsman Faisal Iqbal on the eve of his team's day/night final match of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy (Division One) versus ZTBL at the National Stadium Karachi to be played with a pink ball under floodlights. PP also provides regular score updates on Twitter as well match reports at the end of each day's play.

PakPassion catches up with Pakistan Under-19s coach Sabih Azhar who speaks of his high hopes for the next generation of Pakistani cricketers and identifies some of the young talent as names to look out for.

Zulqarnain Haider speaks with PakPassion.net about resurrection of his career, the lessons learnt and his aspirations for the future.

PakPassion catches up with opening batsman Nasir Jamshed who expresses his satisfaction at his performance in the recently concluded Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and his strong ambition to play for Pakistan again.

A source close to the injured left-arm pacer Junaid Khan tells PakPassion that his fitness levels will be tested in a forthcoming domestic Under-23 regional match.

PakPassion presents an exclusive interview with Bazid Khan where he talks about the influence of his family on his career, his views on domestic cricket and his chances of regaining a spot in the national side.

 

January 2012

 

PakPassion extends its line-up of foreign interviewees, with Kenyan legend Steve Tikolo, Australia's Aiden Blizzard, India's renowned commentator Harsha Bhogle and Pakistan's ex-coach Geoff Lawson being the latest additions. PakPassion also presents a detailed, insightful interview with former Test cricketer and selector Saleem Jaffar.

 

Sources close to the Pakistan Cricket Board confirm to PakPassion that Dav Whatmore will arrive in Pakistan via India, to sign a 2 year deal with the PCB as Head Coach.

PakPassion covers the India tour of Australia, bringing live updates from the venues as well as previews and reviews of the Test matches.

Banned pacer Mohammad Amir's elder brother Mohammad Saleem speaks with PakPassion about the fast bowler's release and his impending return home.

PakPassion presents reports from the honourary dinner for Pakistan team's performance in the year 2011, as well as Dav Whatmore and Julien Fountain's arrival and subsequent meeting with the PCB Chairm and the press conferences held at Lahore.

PakPassion speaks with  discarded Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal about the Bangladesh Premier League and also report Julien Fountain's signing with the Dhaka Gladiators for the BPL.

PakPassion learns that some high profile names, including Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal are set to miss out on Central Contracts. PakPassion also learns that Pakistani cricketers are not keen on the tour of Sri Lanka scheduled for June 2012.

PakPassion continues to promote the young blood as we conduct brief interviews with Tabish Khan, Fahad Iqbal, Umaid Asif, Haris Sohail and Rahat Ali for our Talent Spotter series.

 

Jan-February 2012 

 

 The Pakistan versus England series in the UAE proves to be one of the busiest series for PakPassion as we continue to bring exclusive pictures, audios and videos during the entire duration of the tour without fail. Coverage includes live commentary on Twitter, daily match reports, exclusive pictures from live action, videos from post-match presentation ceremonies, audios and transcripts of press conferences by the likes of Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook, James Anderson, Kevin Pietersen, Eoin Morgan, William Porterfield, Boyd Rankin, Stuart Broad, Chris Tremlett, Graeme Swann, Monty Panesar, Ian Bell, Misbah ul Haq, Mohsin Khan, Younis Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, taufeeq Umar, Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali. PakPassion does not only cover the international Test, One day and T20 matches but also the two warm up games between ICC XI and England XI, and England XI and PCB XI as well as the training/net sessions of the Pakistan team. In addition to this, were the exclusive previews and reviews from various ex-cricketers and experts, including Azhar Ali and the coach Mohsin Hasan Khan and assistant coach Aqib Javed themselves, Usman Salahuddin, Mohammad Nabi, Mudassar Nazar, Tauseef Ahmed, Saqlain Mushtaq, Mohammad Zahid, Aamer Sohail, Asif Iqbal, Javed Miandad and Mushtaq Mohammad.

 

February 2012

 

PakPassion speaks with the hard-hitting opening batsman Awais Zia shortly after his name appears in Pakistan's T20I squad for the three-match series versus England.

PakPassion presents an exclusive interview with the inventor of the "doosra", the masterful offspinner of the past, Saqlain Mushtaq where he speaks of his disappointment at a curtailed international career, his views on the spinkings Muralitharan and Warne and his yearning to help shape the future of Pakistan cricket.

PakPassion catches up with the Pakistan Under-19s coach Sabih Azhar soon after the team's tour to South Africa.

PakPassion also speaks with Yasir Arafat and Yasir Hameed on their hopes and ambitions for a recall to the national team.

PakPassion is proud to present an exclusive interview with the West Indian fast bowling legend, Courtney Walsh. PakPassion also interviews offspinner Mohammad Nabi who is an integral part of the Afghanistan team.

PakPassion are the proud attendees of the official media launch event for the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2012 held at Gabba, Brisbane.

PakPassion speaks with former Pakistan captain Mushtaq Mohammad who calls upon the selectors to bite the bullet and introduce youth to an aging ODI squad.

Intikhab Alam speaking with PakPassion from Lahore confirms Whatmore's expected arrival in the first week of March to sign his coaching contract.

Speaking with PakPassion, former Pakistan pace bowler Sarfraz Nawaz calls for a life ban to be imposed upon Mohammad Amir, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif.

 

March 2012

 

PakPassion speaks with former Pakistan spinner Iqbal Qasim shortly after his appointment as the Chief Selector, replacing Mohammad Ilyas. Sources close to Mohammad Ilyas confirm to PakPassion that Ilyas' resignation from the post was down to some key decisions that he was unhappy about, including the selections of allrounders Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez.

PakPassion speaks with Pakistan's outgoing bowling coach Aqib Javed who looks back on his involvement with Pakistan cricket and the future talent at its disposal as well as giving insight to his future plans as the bowling coach of UAE. 

PakPassion speaks with opening batsman Awais Zia on his return from the UAE where he made his T20I debut against England.

Allrounder Rana Naved-ul-Hasan speaks with PakPassion and denies any involvement in any kind of spot-fixing related activities in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

PakPassion presents an exclusive interview with offspinner Mohammad Nabi who is an integral part of the vastly improving Afghanistan team.

Former Pakistan fast bowler and coach Waqar Younis speaks while speaking with PakPassion, backs the appointment of Dav Whatmore as Pakistan's head coach.

PakPassion speaks with former Pakistan captain Rashid latif and allrounder Azhar Mahmood, both of whom back Mohammad Akram for the role of Pakistan's bowling coach.

PakPassion continues to interview the young, up and coming talent, with Quetta's wicketkeeper Bismillah Khan, Pakistan U-19 captain Babar Azam and Hyderabad's Aqeel Anjum. PakPassion also catches up with the discarded Pakistan opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad on his return from the BPL.

PakPassion presents an interview with Mohsin Hassan Khan who speaks in detail about his experience as Pakistan's interim coach and also expresses his disappointment at the events leading to his removal from the post. PakPassion also conducts a detailed interview with former Chief Selector Salahuddin Ahmed.

PakPassion speaks with Intikhab Alam about the appointment of a bowling coach for the Pakistan team.

PakPassion catches up with allrounder Azhar Mahmood soon after his return from the Bangladesh premier League where he was adjudged the "Most Valuable Foreign player".

Based on a conversation in strict confidence with a Pakistani cricketer, PakPassion reports about the low match fees for the players participating in the Faysal Bank Super 8 T-20 Cup.

A source informs PakPassion that banned pacer Mohammad Amir's meeting with the PCB officials was fruitful and that the nineteen year old left-armer is keen to commence the process of rehabilitation.

A PCB official confirms to PakPassion that opening batsman Nasir Jamshed's name being linked to the alleged bookie was not sinister and that the left-hander was in the clear.

PakPassion catches up with the right-handed batsman from Karachi, Rameez Raja jr. who speaks of his performance in the domestic season, his experience at the Bangladesh Premier League as well as his hopes and aims of getting selected for the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka later this year.

PakPassion speaks with Afghanistan allrounder Mohammad Nabi following Afghanistan's success at qualifying for the fourth edition of the ICC World Twenty20 to be played later this year.

PakPassion speaks with the Chairman PCB Zaka Ashraf on a variety of topics, ranging from Pakistan's victory at the Asia Cup, the team's coaching staff, the restoration of international cricket in the country as well as the board's plans for banned teenage pace bowler Mohammad Amir's rehabilitation.

PakPassion catches up with Pakistan's Under-19 coach Sabih Azhar about some of the exciting prospects who, in his view, will feature prominently as future stars for Pakistan.

Pakpassion reports about the highly rated middle order batsman Usman Salahuddin's decision to skip the high profile domestic Twenty20 tournament in order to play domestic cricket in Bangladesh.

PakPasion interviews Pakistan Under-19's left-handed opening batsman Sami Aslam who speaks of his interest in crickt, his education, favourites and hopes and aims for the future.

PakPassion catches up with fast bowler Mohammad Sami during the Faysal Bank Super 8 T-20 Cup in Rawalpindi. Sami speaks of his hopes and aims of taking the trophy to Karachi.

Several Pakistani cricketers who participated in the inaugral Bangladesh Premier League confirm to PakPassion that they are yet to receive all of the match fees that are due to them from the BPL.

PakPassion speaks with former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik regarding the performance of his team Sialkot Stallions in the Faysal Bank Super 8 T-20 Cup as well as his hopes of reclaiming a spot in the national team.

PakPassion speaks with teenage pace bowler Zia-ul-Haq's mentor: former Multan and UBL fast bowler and current coach at Gaggu Mandi Cricket Club Nadeem Iqbal about Zia's early days at the club.

 

April 2012

 

PakPassion catches up with discarded Pakistani opener and the winner of the Best Batsman of the Tournament award at the Faysal Bank Super 8 T-20 Cup 2011-12, Khalid Latif regarding his team's sixth loss in the domestic T-20 final as well as his hopes of making an international comeback.

PakPassion launches its "Help Gaggoo Mandi Cricket Club Appeal" to raise funds that would be utilised for purchase of equipment and urgent repair of club facilities.

PakPassion speaks with Sialkot's lanky pace bowler Umaid Asif shortly after his team's triumph at the Faysal Bank Super 8 T-20 Cup - their seventh domestic T-20 title win.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) confirms to PakPassion that the 5-minute long educational video in English by Mohammad Amir on behalf of the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) will also be produced in Punjabi and Urdu.

PakPassion speaks with former Pakistan batsman Basit Ali for an exclusive review of the recently concluded Faysal Bank Super 8 T-20 Cup.

In an exclusive article for PakPassion.net, members of the British Universities squad Kemal Alam and James Wallace give a glowing account of their trip to Pakistan and try and disprove some of the myths associated with the hesitance by foreign teams to tour Pakistan.

PakPassion catches up with left-handed opening batsman Nasir Jamshed soon after Pakistan's triumph at the Asia Cup to discuss his return to international cricket.  

A source close to the PCB confirms to PakPassion.net that former Pakistan leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed had held a 2-hour meeting with Intikhab Alam to discuss the possibility of a role in the Pakistani cricketing structure. 

PakPassion speaks with Mohammad Amir's school teacher and cricket coach Asif Bajwa to discuss the banned pacer's mental state and chances of his return to international cricket.

PakPassion is honoured to present an exclusive interview with Aleem Dar, a member of the ICC's Elite Panel of Umpires and three-time winner of the Umpire of the Year award.

In his latest blog for PakPassion, former speedster Mohammad Zahid sheds light on the plight of young, upcoming cricketers at the Gaggoo Mandi Cricket Club.

PakPassion speaks with former Pakistan captain Asif Iqbal to discuss the pros and cons of Bangladesh's tour of Pakistan.

PakPassion presents an exclusive interview with Pakistan's fielding coach Julien Fountain who speaks in great detail about the technical aspects of fielding, his aims and hopes as well as his thoughts on the recently concluded domestic Twenty20 tournament.

PakPassion catches up with former Pakistan fast bowler Sarfraz Nawaz who expresses his dismay at the manner in which Bangladesh tour of Pakistan was postponed.

PakPassion speaks with the latest teenage pace sensation Zia ul Haq about his introduction to the game of cricket, his inspirations, hopes and ambitions.

PakPassion speaks with the CEO of the Federation of International Cricketers' Association (FICA), Tim May to discuss the ongoing delays and non-payments of money owed to the players who participated in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

PakPassion proudly presents an exclusive interview with the former captain of Pakistan's blind cricket team, Abdul Razzaq who speaks of his childhood ambitions, the highs and lows of his career and sheds light on the current state of Pakistan's blind cricket.

PakPassion presents an exclusive interview with former Pakistan wicket-keeper and ex-Chief Selector Saleem Yousuf.

PakPassion catches up with selector Saleem Jaffar to discuss all-rounder Azhar Mahmood's chances of national selection.

 

May 2012 

 

 PakPassion catches up with promising all-rounder Hammad Azam who speaks of his ambitions and desire to establish himself in the Pakistan team and succeed at the international stage.

PakPassion brings the audio and transcript of the press conference by the Chairman PCB Zaka Ashraf, Chief Selector Iqbal Qasim, Pakistan's Test and ODI captain Misbah ul Haq and the newly appointed T20I captain Mohammad Hafeez.

PakPassion presents an exclusive interview with the highly rated upcoming left-arm spinner from Sialkot, Raza Hasan. PakPassion also speaks with another promising youngster, Rahat Ali on the day of the announcement of the pacer's inclusion in the Pakistan squad for the tour of Sri Lanka.

PakPassion catches up with former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas for his thoughts on all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez's appointment as pakistan's T20I captain and the squad selection for the tour of Sri Lanka.

PakPassion presents an exclusive interview with Sialkot's Mohammad Ayub Dogar shortly after his selection in Pakistan's Test squad for the series against Sri Lanka. PakPassion also catches up with discarded opening batsman Yasir Hameed about his hopes and aims of an international return. 

PakPassion presents an exclusive interview with former Australian off-spinner and current Chief Executive of the Federation of International Cricketers' Association (FICA).

PakPassion speaks with former captain and coach Waqar Younis on the subject of the appointment of Mohammad Hafeez as Pakistan's T20I captain and the squad selection for the tour of Sri Lanka. PakPassion also speaks with former Chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed (Sallu) for his thoughts on the same subject.

PakPassion speaks with Intikhab Alam on the PCB's search for a bowling coach and a venue for the series against Australia.

PakPassion speaks with Saqlain Mushtaq regarding the delay in payments to the cricketers who participated in the exhibition match between International XI and Asia XI in Canada.

PakPassion reports from the fast bowlers training camp as well as the Pakistan team's training camp for their preparations for the Sri Lankan tour. Coverage includes live score updates fromt he site of action as well as the audios and transcripts of the press conferences by Pakistan captain Misbah ul Haq, coach Dav Whatmore, off-spinner Saeed Ajmal and T20I captain Mohammad Hafeez.

PakPassion presents an exclusive interview with the world record holder and Pakistan's recently appointed hockey captain Sohail Abbas prior to the team's departure to Malaysia for the Azlan Shah Cup 2012.

In exclusive remarks to PakPassion.net, the CEO of Emirates Cricket Board Dilawar Mani confirms his offer to host the Pakistan versus Australia series.

PakPassion catches up with discarded middle order batsman Fawad Alam who speaks of his hopes of an international return as well as his aims regarding the Pakistan Champions Cricket League (PCCL)  in Karachi organised by former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif. PakPassion also speaks with the forgotten pacer Mohammad Irshad on his call-up to the fast bowlers' camp at the NCA.

PakPassion also speaks with the coach of the most successful domestic T20 team, Sialkot Stallions on the news that his team is likely to be a part of the Champions League T20.

PakPassion is proud to present an exclusive interview with Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore where he talks about a variety of topics including the role of media in Pakistan, the domestic set-up, the quality of players available for selection, and much more.

PakPassion presents an exclusive interview with former Pakistan opening batsman and current Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) coach Wajahatullah Wasti.

PakPassion speaks with promising batsman Asad Shafiq about his international career so far, his first international hundred and his preparations for the Sri Lankan tour.

PakPassion brings exclusive pictures of the Pakistan team's new training and playing kit supplied and designed by AJ Sports.

PakPassion speaks with former Pakistan coach Mohsin Hasan Khan for a preview of Pakistan's tour of Sri Lanka.

 

June 2012 

 

 PakPassion presents an exclusive interview with one of the most exciting fast bowling coaches of this era, Ian Pont who has been a leading practitioner in his field.

In exclusive remarks to PakPassion.net, President of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Mustafa Kamal seeks to clarify his position on the tour of Pakistan and allay fears regarding non-payments of Bangladesh Premiere League (BPL) dues and the future of that tournament. 

PakPassion presents an exclusive interview with Mohammad Yousuf where he speaks of his plans whilst in the United Kingdom, his determination to represent Pakistan once again despite his age and how he intends to feature in all of next season's domestic cricket competitions in Pakistan.

In his latest blog for PakPassion, former Pakistan captain Amir Sohail discusses the T20I and ODI series' against Sri Lanka, Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad.

PakPassion speaks with former captain and wicket-keeper Rashid Latif regarding his brainchild - the Pakistan Champions Cricket league (PCCL) in Karachi, its purpose, the quality of cricket on display as well as his unwavering determination and aim to continue to serve Pakistan cricket.

PakPassion speaks with pakistan team manager Naveed Akram Cheema on the eve of the second ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka regarding the mood in the Pakistan camp and their preparations for the second ODI.

PakPassion presents an exclusive interview with the Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Zaka Ashraf where he speaks of his meetings with the BCCI Chief N Srinivasan, the chances of an Indo-Pak series in the near future as well as his plans regarding the domestic Twenty20 league in Pakistan.

PakPassion presents an exclusive interview with former Pakistan fast bowler Jalaluddin - the man who bagged the first hat-trick in the history of ODI cricket.

PakPassion speaks with New Zealand's promising middle order batsman Kane Williamson regarding his second stint with Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, his next international assignment as well as the forthcoming ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.

PakPassion speaks with Pakistan's under-19 coach Sabih Azhar to seek his thoughts on Pakistan's team composition and their preparations for the upcoming Asia Cup as well as their chances in the Under-19 World Cup later this year.

An ICC spokesman confirmed to PakPassion.net that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has contacted the ICC to request approval for playing more than three T20Is in its series against Australia.

Pakistan all-rounder Rana Naved-ul-Hasan speaks to PakPassion.net about his newly-launched cricket academy in his home city of Sheikhupura.

PakPassion catches up with discarded wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal who speaks of his hopes for an international recall, Pakistan's batting display in the Sri Lankan series so far, as well as younger brother Umar Akmal's recent form.

PakPassion extends its list of foreign interviewees, with the Kiwi opening batsman Lou Vincent being the latest addition.

PakPassion speaks with chief selector Iqbal Qasim to seek his thoughts on the outcome of the series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Pakistan's batting woes, team selection and the concept of selecting separate teams for separate formats.

PakPassion speaks with former Pakistan leg-spinner Abdul Qadir to discuss the aims behind the PCB's Skill Consultant Programme that he is a part of, the quality of talent he has seen so far and the future of spin bowling in Pakistan.

Renowned cricket writer Saad Shafqat writes an article exclusively for PakPassion.net, analysing the international career of fast bowler Mohammad Sami.

PakPassion speaks with former Pakistan and current Afghanistan Under-19s coach, Geoff Lawson to discuss the progress of Afghanistan's junior team and assess their chances in the upcoming multi-nation tournaments.

PakPassion speaks with former Pakistan captain Mushtaq Mohammad to seek his views on the life ban on Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria and discuss cricket corruption in general.

PakPassion speaks with former Pakistani opening batsman Shoaib Mohammad to discuss Pakistan's performance in the first Test against Sri Lanka and his proposed team changes for the second Test.

 

July 2012

 

PakPassion is honoured to present an exclusive interview with ex-chairman PCB General Tauqir Zia who speaks on a variety of topics ranging from the infamous Qayyum Report, speeadster Shoaib Akhtar's international career, the spot-fixing scandal as well as his recommendations for improvement in the current cricket set-up in Pakistan.

PakPassion speaks with Pakistan Under-19s coach Sabih Azhar to seek his thoughts on Pakistan Under-19s' performance at the Asia Cup and their preparations for the World Cup.

Somerset Entertainment Ventures Ltd. CEO Sandiip Bhammer confirms to PakPassion.net that former pakistan fast bowler and coach Waqar Younis is amongst the coaching appointments for the inaugural Sri Lankan Premier League (SLPL).

PakPassion speaks with emerging fast bowler Mohammad Talha about his recent form and his quest to make a comeback in international cricket. PakPassion also speaks with Pakistan Under-19's vice captain and middle order batsman Umar Waheed about the tied final of the Aisa Cup as well as his hopes and expectations regarding the upcoming Under-19 World Cup.

PakPassion presents an exclusive interview with the CEO of Somerset Entertainment Ventures - the marketing partners of the Sri Lankan Premier League (SLPL).

In exclusive remarks to PakPassion.net, former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq confirms that the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has approached him for the role of spin bowling coach of the national side.

PakPassion presents an exclusive interview with Pakistan's hard-hitting opening batsman Imran Nazir who speaks of his experience at the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and his desire to make an international return.

PakPassion presents an exclusive interview with former New Zealand pace bowler Iain O'Brien who speaks of the highlights of his career and offers his candid opinion on various aspects of New Zealand cricket as well as a no-nonsense take on the issues with the implementation of the DRS.

PakPassion catches up with West Indian legend Michael Holding for a preview of the upcoming series between England and South Africa.

PakPassion speaks with former captain and one of the best gloveman to represent Pakistan in international cricket - Rashid Latif for his thoughts on South African wicket-keeper Mark Boucher's career after he announced retirement from international cricket following an unfortunate eye injury.

Following the death of former Test cricketer Alimuddin who was famous for facing the first ball bowled by an international side in Pakistan, PakPassion speaks with former Pakistan captain Mushtaq Mohammad who pays tribute to the deceased cricketer.

PakPassion speaks with former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif to discuss Pakistan's performance in the Test series against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka.

PakPassion presents an exclusive interview with former Pakistan fast bowler and coach Waqar Younis who shares his thoughts on the revival of Indo-Pakistan cricketing ties, as well as the recent form of Pakistan's pace battery.

PakPassion speaks with Chief Selector Iqbal Qasim to discuss the thought process behind Pakistan's choice of personnel for the T20I series against Australia as well as the ICC World T20.

PakPassion speaks with former Pakistan Under-19 captain Azeem Ghumman to discuss Pakistan's chances at the upcoming Under-19 Cricket World Cup.

PakPassion speaks with the outgoing CEO of Emirates Cricket Board about the challenges associated with the upcoming series between Pakistan and Australia in the UAE as well as his achievements at the helm of the Emirates Cricket Board.

 

August 2012

 

PakPassion presents an exclusive interview with Pakistan Under 19s' team manager Haroon Rasheed ahead of the Under 19 Cricket World Cup in Australia.

As the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup nears its start in Australia, PakPassion becomes a popular source for discussions, previews, insights and exclusives - not only from those following the tournament closely but also the players and the coach of the Pakistan team. This include exclusive interviews with middle order batsman and former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq's nephew Imam-ul-Haq, coach Sabih Azhar and allrounder Mohammad Nawaz. Added to that are the match reports, exclusive pictures from the site of action, LIVE commentary and score updates on Twitter as well as the PakPassion forums - thus making PakPassion a unique source for news, discussion and analyses of the ICC Under-19 World Cup.

PakPassion speaks with former Pakistan coach Mohsin Khan for a preview of the series between Pakistan and Australia in the UAE.

A source close to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) reveals about the appointment of former Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Akram as the bowling coach of the national side.

PakPassion presents an exclusive interview with left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman who has played a key role in Pakistan's recent success at the longest version of the game. PakPassion also interviews Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore who speaks of his experience with the Pakistan team so far, their performances on the Sri Lankan tour as well as the upcoming series against Australia and the areas where he thinks the team needs to work upon.

PakPassion is honoured to present an exclusive interview with former Yorkshire and England batsman Geoffrey Boycott regarding England's middle order batsman Kevin Pietersen's fallout with the ECB as well as the South African team's tour of England.

PakPassion speaks with Pakistan's newly-appointed bowling coach and PakPassion blogger Mohammad Akram about his hopes and aims regarding his new role.

 

Aug-September 2012

 

As the T20 fever engulfs the island of Sri Lanka, PakPassion brings exclusive interviews with some of the top international stars participating in the inaugural Sri lankan Premier League (SLPL). These include Pakistan left-arm medium-fast bowler and the highest wicket-taker of the competition Sohail Tanvir, Pakistan's Test and ODI captain Misbah-ul-Haq, world's number one spin bowler Saeed Ajmal, Pakistan's left-arm fast-medium pacer Wahab Riaz, New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris, Pakistan's promising all-rounder Hammad Azam, discarded middle order batsman Fawad Alam and opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad.

As Pakistan take on Australia in the desert, PakPassion continues to provide their members with exclusive pictures, audios and videos during the entire duration of the tour without fail. Coverage includes live commentary on Twitter, daily match reports, exclusive pictures from live action, audios and transcripts of press conferences by the likes of Australian captain Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey, Shane Watson, George Bailey, Pakistan's T20I captain Mohammad Hafeez and coach Dav Whatmore.

 

September 2012 

 

 PakPassion launches "Ponty's Blog", written exclusively for PakPassion by pioneering pace bowling coach Ian Pont. In the first installment of the blog, Pont provides us with 50 facts about T20 cricket to help the viewers watch the game better. In his second blog entry, he names his five players and two teams to watch out for at the upcoming ICC World T20 in Sri Lanka. 

PakPassion speaks with former Pakistan captain and now commentator Ramiz Raja who shares his thoughts on the issue of ODI captaincy and backs Misbah-ul-Haq to continue in the role of captain in the 50-over format for the foreseeable future.

In the latest edition of his exclusive PakPassion blog, former captain Amir Sohail discusses Pakistan's chances at the ICC World T20, the strengths and weaknesses of the current side and his predictions for the multination tournament.

PakPassion launches "Inside Track" - an exclusive section for the thoughts of one of cricket's most well known media personalities Brian Murgatroyd. In his debut blog entry, Murgatroyd lays out his vision for a brighter future for cricket in the UAE on the back of a successful series between Pakistan and Australia held in the extreme summer heat.

PakPassion speaks with former Sri Lankan captain and allrounder Sanath Jayasuriya about his experience of the 1996 World Cup as well as the upcoming ICC World T20 to be played in Sri Lanka.

PakPassion speaks with allrounder Azhar Mahmood for an assessment of Pakistan's chances following their warm-up games ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.

PakPassion speaks with Test cricketer Asim Kamal who shared his thoughts on the changing domestic structures in Pakistan and discussed how the new format will affect the level of competition in the domestic circuit as well as the national selection policy.

PakPassion presents an exclusive interview with former Sri Lankan captain and allrounder Sanath Jayasuriya.

PakPassion speaks with former Pakistan captain Asif Iqbal who expressed his belief that Pakistan were strong contenders to become the world champions in T20 cricket but also highlighted some weaknesses of the men in green.

PakPassion's man in Sri Lanka brings exclusive pictures, reports and live updates from the site of action throughout the ICC World T20 event.

 

October 2012

 

PakPassion speaks with former Pakistan coach Mohsin Khan following Pakistan's semi-final exit at the ICC World T20 in Sri Lanka.

PakPassion speaks with Sialkot Stallions' coach Naveed Anjum and Auckland Aces allrounder Azhar Mahmood for an assessment of their teams' chances at the Champions League T20 qualifiers.

Sources close to the organisers of the Sri Lankan Premier League (SLPL) speak with PakPassion.net and refute all match-fixing allegations made by an Indian TV channel.

PakPassion speaks with emerging pace bowler Rahat Ali about his below par international debut, and his hopes and aims to claim a spot on the tour of South Africa.

 


November 2012

 

PakPassion speaks with Dean Jones about the batting coach position made avaiable by the position and if it was required.  Also discussed were his views on the current Pakistan teams and the youngsters.  Additionally, his views on the introduction of the Pakistan-based international T20 league
As part of our Talent Spotter series, PakPassion continues to interview young and emerging talent.  This time around Mohammad Nawaz
PakPassion catches up with Mohammad Irfan about his performance in the 2012 President's Trophy as well as his chances for being selected for the upcoming series against South Africa
PakPassion speaks with Saqlain Mushtaq regarding the upcoming series between Bangladesh and West Indies, in particular the threat young  West Indian offspinner Sunil Narine poses for Bangladesh
PakPassion speaks with Sadaf Hussain about his comeback in first class cricket and his plans for the upcoming domestic cricket season and the possbility of being selected for the national team
PakPassion speaks with Zaka Ashraf about the upcoming domestic tournament in December and the venues that are being considered.  PakPassion also speaks to Zaka Ashraf about his thoughts on the claims that the 2011 World Cup Semi Final in Mohali between India and Pakistan was fixed.
In his latest blog, Ian Pont expresses his view on why a batting coach is not likely to have any effect on the Pakistan's batting.
PakPassion catches up with Yasir Hameed and gets his views on the changes implemented by the PCB with regards to the President's Trophy including the use of kookaburra balls. Also discussed was his own current form.
PakPassion speaks to Umar Akmal about the criticism surrounding his batting by former coach Mohsin Khan and Basit Ali as well his future plans for his batting.
In the first of his two blogs, Brian Murtagroyd praises the recent playing condition changes made for ODI and the help it will provide bowlers.  In his second blog, Brian Murtagroyd, comments on Tony Greig as a cricketer and a person as he battles with lung cancer
PakPassion conducts a full interview with the most well known cricket fan - Chacha Cricket.  Chacha Cricket discusses the highlights, challenges, and achievements in his journey as a cricket fan
In his latest blog for PakPassion, Mohammad Akram discusses in depth his plan that is geared towards improving potential bowlers
PakPassion speaks to Peter Moores about his recent trip to Pakistan - including the NCA and the security situation
PakPassion speaks to Mohammad Yousuf about his return to domestic cricket as well as being considered for the series against India and South Africa

PakPassion speaks to chief selector Iqbal Qasim regarding the President’s Trophy, next month's Faysal Bank T20 and the tours of India and South Africa

 

December 2012

 

PakPassion catches up with former England U-19 captain Bilal Shafayat about his cricketing career thus far, including county cricket and domestic cricket Pakistan

PakPassion speaks to Sadiq Mohammed ahead of the series against India, where he will also be visiting as part of a delegation of ten players arranged by the PCB

PakPassion speaks to former ICC president Ehsan Mani about his time as ICC President. Also discussed were his views on the current challenges and issues in Pakistan cricket as well as the upcoming series in Pakistan

PakPassion catches up with Mohammed Irfan ahead of the big series against India.  Irfan has been named in the 15 man squad.  Irfan discusses improvements he has made to his fitness since his debut in 2010

Umar Amin discusses his first test tour in England, his experience of playing league cricket in Lancashire, as well as the huge tour of India later this month.

PakPassion speaks exclusively to former NZ fast bowler and commentator Danny Morrison discusses his cricketing career, the 1992 World Cup Semi Final, his experience as a commentator, and Pakistan cricket among other things

PakPassion speaks to Coach and Mentor, Nadeem Iqbal who has worked very closely with Mohammad Irfan.  Nadeem Iqbal expresses his views on Irfan's progress as well as what he can achieve in international cricket provided he has the support of selectors and team management.

January 2013


PakPassion speaks to Pakistan team manager Naved Akram Cheema regarding Mohammed Irfan's fitness ahead of the 2nd ODI at Eden Gardens, Kolkata

In this latest blog, Ian Pont expresses his concern for the lack of fast bowlers in modern-day cricket.  Lack of good bowling coaches and more emphasis on technology are key factors for the lack of fast bowling talent in the modern-era, Pont believes

PakPassion speaks to ex-coach Mohsin Khan who praised the overall balance of the Pakistani team, singling out Nasir Jamshed as a special talent. He also spoke about the future of Misbah-ul-Haq as captain of Pakistan’s one-day team.

PakPassion.net speaks with Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Zaka Ashraf regarding the deadline set by the Bangladesh Cricket Board of 10am Wednesday for the PCB to give its No Objection Certificates (NOC) to Pakistan cricketers participating in this year's Bangladesh Premier League.

PakPassion speaks to Ireland wicketkeeper Niall O'Brien about his cricketing career, infrastructure and facilities available in Ireland and his views on Ireland being given Test status among other things.

PakPassion speaks to former Pakistan batsman Zaheer Abbas ahead of the series against South Africa.  Zaheer Abbas strongly believes Pakistan can surprise the hosts if they apply themselves during the Test series and cope with the pressure that Dale Steyn and his colleagues will be looking to apply on them.   Among other things, technical challenges and experience of Pakistan batsman were discussed
 
In his latest blog for PakPassion, Zahid analyses the upcoming Test series between South Africa and Pakistan, looking at what the Pakistani batsmen need to do to succeed in South African conditions. He also discusses the comparable bowling attacks and talks about what he wants the Pakistani bowlers to do in South Africa.
 
PakPassion interviews the then Managing Director of the Pakistani Super League, Salman Sarwar Butt.  Butt speaks about the level of interest from players and potential franchise buyers, as well as the possibility of increasing the number of foreign players. Butt also confirms that both foreign and local personnel will be offered key roles at the PSL.
 
PakPassion interviews former Pakistan Coach Richard Pybus about his views about the upcoming series between Pakistan and South Africa believes that the outcome of the upcoming Test series between South Africa and Pakistan is likely to be decided by how the Pakistani batsmen cope with the South African pace attack. Pybus also believes that the Pakistani bowlers will present the South African batting line-up with their most serious challenge for quite some time. 
 
In this latest blog for PakPassion.net, Aamir Sohail looks ahead to the challenges of the tour of South Africa for Misbah-ul-Haq and his team in unfamiliar conditions. Sohail also sheds light on what, he believes, should be the Pakistani tactics in South Africa, as well as outlining the roles of key bowlers such as Mohammad Irfan and Saeed Ajmal.
 
February 2013
 
PakPassion interviews Scotland offspinner Majid Haq.  Haq spoke to PakPassion about getting into cricket from a young age, his role models, career highlights and aims for the upcoming season which will include matches against Pakistan and Australia. 
 
PakPassion interviews former PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt regarding his views on Pakistan's First International Cricket League - The PSL. Ijaz Butt emphasised that the tournament must be held in Pakista n and not elsewhere and that in order for the tournament to be successful, it must include foreign players.
 
PakPassion speaks to Maqbool Babri - better known as 'Max' Babri.  He has worked with Pakistani cricketers on a number of occasions and in this exclusive interview with PakPassion he describes his areas of expertise and how he has utilised them when working for the Pakistan Cricket Board.
 
In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, Ashraf talks about his early days as a cricketer, his experience of working with Jason Gillespie at Yorkshire, the spoof Moin Ashraf twitter account and his future aspirations.
 
PakPassion spoke to Pakistan-born leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed who after moving to Auistralia on aslyum played for Victoria.  Fawad describes his experience his thus far in Australia and about his early lifei in Pakistan and cricket he played there.
 
In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, Sohail Tanvir spoke glowingly of his experience of participation in the Ram Slam and provided insight on Pakistan's on going tour of South Africa in particular about how young bowlers need to be handled.
 
 
March 2013
 
Former Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson spoke to PakPassion about the recently-concluded Test series against South Africa particularly about the lack of preparation ahead of the series, the subsequent criticism of coach Dav Whatmore from some former players, Umar Gul's form in South Africa and the performance of the young Pakistani fast bowlers in the series.
 
In exclusive remarks to PakPassion.net, highly-rated wicketkeeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan spoke of how he got into cricket, how he played cricket behind the backs of his family, has had to be patient in terms of selection in domestic cricket, and his hopes for the future.
 
Speaking exclusively with PakPassion.net, 25 year old Amjad spoke candidly about how his career has developed, how a finger injury hampered his progress and his confidence, and his hopes for another chance in international cricket.
 
In exclusive remarks to Pakpassion.net Yasir Arafat spoke about his his teams chances and the players to watch out for in the tournament ahead.
 
As part of his latest blog, former Pakistan captain turned media pundit Aamir Sohail gives PakPassion.net his thoughts on the recently concluded one day series in South Africa and what the Pakistan Cricket Board can do to better prepare its cricketers for tours to places such as South Africa. He also gives his views on the future of some of Pakistan’s senior cricketers in the one day format as well as looking at the balance of the Pakistan one day team.
 
April 2013
 
In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net Qasim spoke about Pakistan’s performance in the recently concluded tour of South Africa, looked ahead to the upcoming Champions Trophy in England. He also spoke about the futures of Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq and Younus Khan as well as responding to criticism of the lack of opportunities for younger players in international cricket. 
 
Speaking exclusively to PakPassion.net, Akhtar Ayub described his frustration at his lack of opportunities at Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) for whom he signed for straight after the Under 19 World Cup.
 
In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net Aaqib spoke about the state of Pakistan's current crop of fast bowlers as well as those to keep an eye on in the future.
 
PakPassion.net spoke to the 32 year-old right arm pace bowler and hard-hitting lower order batsman about his career to date, his hopes for the future and that over against South Africa. 
 
Speaking exclusively to PakPassion.net, Basit Ali expressed his typically forthright views on a variety of topics including Misbah-ul-Haq’s role in the Pakistan team, the road ahead for Umar Akmal and Pakistan's squad for the Champions Trophy 2013. He also had some strong words for the ex Chairman of the PCB, Ijaz Butt.
 
In exclusive comments to PakPassion.net, both Mohammad Asif and his lawyer Ravi Sukul expressed their disappointment after the CAS verdict came out.  As part of next steps, they plan on formulating an appeal to the Swiss Courts.
 
May 2013
 
In exclusive remarks to PakPassion.net, Mohammad Akram spoke of his pride in being part of this PCB-UFONE Fast Bowlers camp and working alongside one of the greats of the game, and also cast some light on the planning that went behind this initiative.
 
As part of the New Zealand squad for the tour of England and the Champions Trophy this summer, Shane Bond spoke exclusively to PakPassion.net regarding his playing career, his present role and his views on the New Zealand bowling attack and their expectations on the tour of England, as well as issues facing bowlers round the world.
 
With the Champions Trophy approaching, PakPassion.net caught up with Hashim Amla, discussing a variety of topics including his early inspiration, his position as a role model, his thoughts on Gary Kirsten announcing his stepping down as South Africa's coach and South Africa's chances at the Champions Trophy. 
 
Speaking with PakPassion.net, Pakistan’s head coach Dav Whatmore, felt the trip to Scotland had been an important step in his team’s preparations for the Champions Trophy next month.
 
With Ireland due to face Pakistan in the upcoming two ODI series at home, PakPassion spoke to Kevin O'Brien about his thoughts on the matches, and his career to date.
 
Known as being one of the most enthusiastic and vocal cricketers on the circuit, as well as one of the most dedicated - he retired at the age of 40 still one the fittest in his side – Paul Nixon spoke to PakPassion.net about the upcoming Champions Trophy, the absence of Kevin Pietersen, Pakistan's chances, the India versus Paksitan clash, Chris Gayle and much more.
 
In his latest blog for PakPassion.net, former Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Zahid talks about Pakistan's squad for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy, the bowling attack particularly who should be the choice of third seamer, Pakistan's batting line up and combination and their chances of lifting the trophy. 
 
PakPassion conducted a non-cricketing exclusive interview - this time with Pakistan's No. 1 ranked player and Davis Cup winner, Aqeel Khan.
 
June 2013
 
In exclusive remarks to PakPassion.net, Ajmal takes a light hearted look at his own personal preparations for the Champions Trophy, the goals achieved during the camp in Abbottabad, Misbah-ul-Haqs captaincy and a topic close to his heart – an academy for training young cricketers in his hometown Faisalabad
 
Now a well known commentator who is part of the commentary team for the Champions Trophy, Arnold spoke with PakPassion.net about Sri Lanka's squad for the forthcoming ICC Champions Trophy, Sri Lanka's chances at the aforementioned event, Sri Lanka's ability to regularly produce world class and unorthodox cricketers and much more.
 
Unable to participate in the Champions Trophy, Umar Gul spoke exclusively with PakPassion.net explained the extent of his injury, whilst also discussing his rehabilitation programme and when he expects to be bowling again. In addition Gul confirmed that he has no plans to reduce his workload in international cricket by opting out of any formats at this stage of his career.
 
Speaking with PakPassion.net Chopra discussed Pakistan's and India's chances at the Champions Trophy, areas for improvement for both teams, the India versus Pakistan match on June 15th, M S Dhoni's future as captain, as well as speaking about India's pace ace Umesh Yadav.
 
In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net Nannes spoke on a number of topics including the standard of fast bowlers in the Champions Trophy, Australia's performance at the tournament, the two new-ball rule and the contentious topic of ball tampering.
 
Harsha Bhogle spoke to PakPassion.net about Pakistan's performance in the ICC Champions Trophy, the India-Pakistan group-stage match, India's chances of lifting the Champions Trophy, Pakistan's bowling attack and the change of mind set amongst India's leading cricketers.
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Speaking with PakPassion.net, Arafat expressed his delight at being picked by one of the most well known county sides in England.
 
PakPassion.net caught up with Ramiz to discuss Pakistan's early exit from the Champions Trophy, Pakistan's preparations and planning ahead of the 2015 World Cup, Misbah-ul-Haq's future as one day captain and whether the time has come for a major overhaul of Pakistan's one day side.
 
In an extensive chat with PakPassion.net, former skipper Inzamam ul Haq throws light on the benefits of nurturing young batsmen, using the way he was handled by Imran Khan in his early days in international cricket as an example. Also discussed were his thoughts and interest in serving as a batting coach to the Pakistan team.
 
28 year old seam bowler Sohail Tanvir was one of the players who was overlooked by the selectors for the tournament in England and Wales and speaking exclusively with PakPassion.net Tanvir explained why he thought the Pakistani batsmen struggled for form at the Champions Trophy.
 
PakPassion caught up with the former Pakistan international as turned out for Lashings XI in Liverpool to discuss the quality of spin bowling at the Champions Trophy, bowling actions, his work with the Bangladesh national side and the potential of working with the PCB in future.
 
July 2013
 
PakPassion.net spoke to the Pakistan captain about her side's tour of England, leadership, and the women's game in Pakistan.
 
PakPassion.net spoke to the 27 year-old fast bowler about his decision to play cricket, taking wickets in international cricket, playing under the captaincy of Brendon McCullum and participation in the Friends Life T20.
 
In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net Akmal spoke about being dropped from the Champions Trophy squad, his approach to batting, his thoughts on what critics have to say about his shot selection, the pressures of being expected to keep wicket and how he aims to add maturity and consistency to his batting. 
 
PakPassion.net caught up with the young batsmen to talk about his career to date, his hopes for selection for the upcoming Asian Cricket Council Emerging Teams Cup, domestic cricket and his thoughts on Pakistan-19s chances on their tour of England in August.
 
As part of our non-cricketing interviews, PakPassion.net spoke to Pakistan Olympian swimmer Kiran Khan
 
Speaking exclusively to PakPassion.net, Mohammad Aftab expressed his admiration for his role model Wasim Akram, provided his thoughts on the training camp in Karachi, spoke about the comparisons with Mohammad Amir and looked ahead to the upcoming Under 19 tour of England.
 
Khurram Manzoor, 27, could be viewed as a long term solution to Pakistan's opening problems and PakPassion.net caught up with him during the ongoing Advance Telecom Ramadan T20 Cup in Karachi. 
 
In exclusive remarks to PakPassion.net, Mudasser Nazar spoke about the appointment of Moin Khan as Chief Selector, the role of Mohammad Hafeez and the issue of a batting coach for Pakistan.
 
Currently playing for Leicestershire in the Friends Life T20 competition, PakPassion.net caught up with the 26 year-old all rounder Shakib Al Hasan to speak about his career to date, Bangladesh's lack of progress in Test cricket, their Test status, captaincy and also about youngsters recently breaking into the Bangladesh national side.
 
In his latest blog for Pakpassion, Mohammad Zahid discusses a range of issues including Pakistan's death bowling, the cricket infrastructure in the country, captaincy, and Mohammad Amir's potential return.
 
Hussain Talat is a left handed batsman who at the age of 16 has already played four List A matches for ZTBL. During those four List A matches he scored 272 runs at an average of 90.66 with a highest score of 141. He also represented ZTBL in the recently concluded Ramadan T20 Cup in Karachi.
 
PakPassion.net spoke with the former Lancashire all-rounder Farveez Maharoof to discuss the Sri Lankan cricket domestic structure, Sri Lanka's ability to produce unorthodox cricketers, his career highs, his hopes of a return into the national fold and his thoughts on the current Sri Lankan team.
 
A keen follower of cricket Dietmar Hamann spoke with PakPassion.net about how his interest in cricket developed, what aspects of cricket particularly appeal to him, his favourite cricketers and more.
 
August 2013
 
In his latest blog for PakPassion.net, renowned fast bowling coach Ian Pont speaks about the progress of one of his star pupils, Mohit Sharma who has recently made headlines due to his performance against Zimbabwe and explains why he feels that Sharma is a name to watch for the future.
 
A household name in TV commentary and analysis these days, Wasim Akram continues his association with the game by involving himself in shaping cricketers of tomorrow - his recent efforts to help young Pakistani bowling talent in Karachi has earned him further plaudits and in an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, Wasim speaks in detail about issues such as the progress made by Junaid Khan and Mohammad Irfan, as well as his impressions on the form of Wahab Riaz and his expectations of Mohammad Aftab and much more.
 
Speaking with PakPassion.net Pakistan Under-19s captain Sami Aslam discussed the importance of the Tri-Nation tournament, how he and his team mates wanted to make the most of these matches ahead of next year’s Under 19 World Cup and how vital it is for young Pakistani cricketers to regularly tour outside of Asia.
 
In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, Cozier spoke about his recollection of the best moments and the current state of West Indies cricket, the great fast bowlers hailing from the Caribbean over the years, his views on the talent of Brian Lara, the role of the WICB and his thoughts on the recently concluded series against Pakistan.
 
In his latest blog for PakPassion.net former Pakistan captain turned media pundit Aamir Sohail provides his thoughts on the squads recently announced for the upcoming series in Zimbabwe, speaks about the progress and lack of progress of some of Pakistan's cricketer, as well as his opinions on DRS.
 
Speaking with PakPassion.net Azharullah discussed his experiences of playing domestic cricket in Pakistan and now England, his performance in the ongoing Friends Life T20, and his thoughts on the possibility of representing England in the future.
 
Speaking exclusively to PakPassion.net, Zia ul Haq spoke about his impressions of bowling in England, the importance of overseas tours for young Pakistani cricketers, the experience of attending Wasim Akram's training camp and the pressure of being earmarked at a young age as one of Pakistan's brightest young fast bowling prospects.
 
In the UK to promote his book "Cricket Cauldron: The Turbulent Politics of Sport in Pakistan", the Ex Chairman of the PCB Shahryar Khan spoke in detail to PakPassion.net spoke about his recollections of his tenure at the PCB, issues with player power and the "Oval-Gate" incident as well as his thoughts on restoration of international cricket in Pakistan cricket.
 
Mohsin Khan to this day is one of the most sought after experts in his profession and in exclusive remarks to PakPassion.net, he spoke about the issues regarding selection of Pakistan tour of Zimbabwe and the recent attempts by the three disgraced Pakistani cricketers to apologise to the public.
 
In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, Jason Gillespie spoke about Peter Siddle & Ryan Harris' impressive form in the ongoing Ashes series, offered some advice for Pat Cummins to help with his injury problems, Australia's domestic cricket structure, Yorkshire's trio of England players and offered his opinions on the Pakistani spot fixing trio's possible return in 2015.
 
Speaking with PakPassion.net Saqlain Mushtaq confirmed that he is now set to provide his insight into the art of spin bowling in a training camp for West Indies players in Barbados.
 
Amit Mishra, the more experienced leg-spinner, has stolen a march in recent times with excellent performances in ODIs, and Chawla knows he has his work cut out. In this chat with PakPassion.net, he reflects on his career thus far, and looks with optimism at the future. Excerpts:
 
September 2013
 
In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, Ehsan Mani shed light on his role in awarding TV broadcast rights and also answered queries regarding criticism leveled by certain quarters on perceived anomalies during this process.
 
In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, Zulfiqar Babar spoke in detail about the late start to his international career, aspirations as well as the experience of playing in his first international game and Saeed Ajmal's gesture to give up his position to allow his debut.
 
Former captain Asif Iqbal on Pakistan's performance in the recently concluded Test series in Zimbabwe, on Pakistan's lack of available world class talent and Misbah's future as captain of the one day and Test sides.
 
In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net John Emburey talks about his career highlights, his thoughts on the legality of the doosra, Mushtaq Ahmed's influence in the England dressing room, as well as England's spin bowling options in Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar.
 
PakPassion's intereviewed Under-19s player Kamran Ghulam as part the latest edition of the 'Talent Spotter'
 
As part of his latest blog for PakPassion, Ian Pont discusses going his forthcoming trip to India and his aim of 'finding' fast bowlers there.
 

PakPassion.net on a variety of topics including the pressure of being the nephew of Inzamam-ul-Haq, the successful Under 19 tour of England, his views on upcoming Under 19 players, as well as his goals for the upcoming domestic season.

 

In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, Ashar Zaidi speaks about his early career in Pakistan, his lack of chances in international cricket, the factors behind his decision to move to England, how it came about that he played for Sussex and his hopes to tie up a County deal.
 
In training as part of the NCA's emerging players program, Bilawal spoke exclusively to PakPassion.net about his experience of playing league cricket in England, his cricket career to date and his aspirations of playing for Pakistan.
 
In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, Chishty Mujahid who covered Pakistan's recent tour of Zimbabwe as a TV commentator, provided a detailed insight on Pakistan's performance and also suggested changes that could be implemented in the team with an eye on the upcoming series against South Africa.
 
 
October 2013
 
In exclusive remarks to PakPassion.net the former England captain Mike Gatting spoke on a variety of topics including notable moments in his career- including the 'Ball of the Century' and the confrontation with Umpire Shakoor Rana, gave his tips to current cricketers on playing spin, and discussed the challenges facing cricket today.
 
In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, Trent Woodhill spoke about the frailties of the Pakistani batting order as well his experience with the team during the ill-fated Champion's Trophy campaign, talked specifically about Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Akmal and Umar Amin, as well as providing his thoughts on the art of coaching in cricket and how former players can help the current generation of cricketers in Pakistan
 
In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net Ashwell Prince provides his thoughts on the highs and lows of his own career, speaks about former team mates Hashim Amla, A B deVilliers, Dale Steyn as well as providing his thoughts on the upcoming Test series between Pakistan and South Africa.
 
As is often the case with Pakistan cricket, it would be unwise to write off Mohammad Sami's international career, and in an exclusive interview with Pakpassion.net the pace bowler talked about his most memorable moments in a Pakistan shirt, why his career has not lived up to expectations, as well as speaking about Pakistan's current stock of fast bowling resources.
 
Former Yorkshire and England batsman Geoff Boycott feels that Pakistan could surprise South Africa in the two match Test series in the United Arab Emirates which commences on 14th October. Speaking with PakPassion.net, Boycott ,who played 108 Tests for England and scored more than 8000 runs, stated that an ageing South African batting line up could be exploited by Pakistan’s formidable spinners.
 
Speaking exclusively to PakPassion.net, an understandably elated Rohan Mustafa spoke about his own career, his impressions of the game against Pakistan as well as the chances of an upset victory by Pakistan against South Africa in the upcoming Test series.
 
In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net Geoffrey Boycott spoke about the Pakistan versus South Africa Test series, Pakistan's young batsmen, the IPL, the World Test Championship, day/night Test cricket, his fondness for Pakistan cricket and much more.
 
With a First Class average of 42.68 and 18 centuries to his name, Ayub Dogar is clearly looking to re-establish himself in the Pakistan lineup, and in an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, he spoke about his stellar domestic record, the experience of playing for Pakistan and his aspirations of making a return to the national team.
 
Speaking exclusively to PakPassion.net Mohammad Hafeez provided his thoughts on why he has struggled in Test cricket in 2013, responded to accusations of interference in selection matters and his being mentioned as a possible successor to Misbah-ul-Haq in the 50 over and 5 day formats, and discussed a possible move down the batting order in Test cricket as well as his hopes for a return to the Pakistan Test side.
 
 
November 2013
 
In his latest blog for PakPassion, Mohammad Zahid speaks about ball-tampering and its presence in modern-day cricket.
 
In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, Fawad Alam spoke about his disappointment at being overlooked for international duty and his determination to make his way back on the basis of hard work at the domestic level.
 
JP Duminy spoke to Pakpassion.net on the challenges of facing the Pakistan attack as well as the experience of playing in tough conditions such as those in the UAE.
 
In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net Ian Bishop speaks about his own career, talks about bowling with his cricketing heroes such as Malcolm Marshall and Courtney Walsh, provides his opinions on the Pakistani pace duo of Junaid Khan and Mohammad Irfan, suggests what Umar Akmal needs to do to establish himself as an international cricketer and also speaks about the importance of ensuring an even contest between bat and ball in one day cricket.
 
Zaheer Abbas who regularly features as a TV analyst in Pakistan, will be heading to India in a few days to commentate on Sachin’s final innings and in exclusive remarks to PakPassion.net, spoke about the honour of being a witness to this event as well as his desire for the restoration of cricketing ties between the 2 great cricket playing nations.
 
In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, Mohammad Talha spoke about his only international appearance, his expectations from the coming domestic season and his hopes for a recall to the national side.
 
In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net Mohsin Khan spoke about whether he would consider returning as head coach if asked, Whatmore's progress as coach and Pakistan's disappointing 4-1 loss to South Africa in the one day series.
 
PakPassion.net spoke to Shahzaib Hasan about being part of the team that won the World T20 in 2009, subsequently being dropped by Pakistan, his desire to resume his international career and his thoughts on the standard of domestic cricket.
 
PakPassion.net caught up with Sadaf Hussain to talk about his experience of playing for KRL, his thoughts on how his career has progressed and his aspirations to play for Pakistan.
 
In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, Hamid Hassan spoke about his feelings after Afghanistan's qualification for both the 2014 and 2015 World Cup events, the reaction to the team's success back home, his close ties with Pakistani cricket and hopes of playing Test cricket for his country in the future.
 
 
December 2013
 
Mohammad Aftab spoke with PakPassion.net about the tour of England earlier this year as well as looking ahead to the upcoming tri-series and the Under 19 Asia Cup, both in UAE.
 
Speaking exclusively to PakPassion.net, Usman Khan Shinwari talked about his development as a cricketer, his move to ZTBL, the Ramadan T20 Cup, recent success at the Faysal Bank T20 Cup for Departments and his aspirations for the future.
 
In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, Shahzad spoke about his initial interest in cricket, the experience of becoming the first British Asian to play for Yorkshire, his move to Nottinghamshire and his plans for the future.
 
Despite leaving the role briefly in 2010, Kabir Khan was given a 3-year contract to coach Afghanistan in 2011 and following their most recent success of qualifying for the 2015 World Cup, he spoke to Pakpassion.net about the success of the Afghanistan cricket team, their goals for the future, how cricket in Afghanistan can be developed and their recent defeat to Pakistan.
 
Yasir Shah spoke to PakPassion about his career to date, domestic cricket, bowling leg-spin, his experience of international cricket and hopes for the future.
 
In his latest exclusive blog for Pakpassion, Mohammad Zahid discusses the difficulties of dealing with injuries for Pakistani cricketers, his thoughts on Bilawal Bhatti and Ahmed Shehzad, as well as the importance of winning the mental battle when playing international cricket.
 
PakPassion.net caught up with Rana Naved to speak about his current form, his international career to date and the Afridi ball-biting incident in Australia, a match in which he participated.
 
Now rejuvenated and having recovered from the disc injury, Raza Hasan spoke with PakPassion.net about his career so far, the frustration of suffering a serious injury, suggestions that he can only be successful in the twenty over format and his ambitions to play for Pakistan in all formats in future.
 
PakPassion.net caught up with Tabish Khan to discuss his career to date, his suggestions on how domestic cricket can be improved and whether he feels there is a still a chance for him to make it to the national side.
 
In exclusive remarks to PakPassion.net, Kamran Akmal spoke about his own international career so far, the unfair treatment of his younger brother Umar Akmal as well as the need for an experienced coach for Pakistani team and his views on the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka.
 

In a series of exclusive articles written exclusively for PakPassion.net, Mohammad Wasim will share his thoughts on a variety of issues affecting cricket in Pakistan and around the world.

 

January 2014 

 

Humayun Farhat, brother of Pakistan opener Imran Farhat spoke with PakPassion.net to discuss his brief international career, the standard of first-class cricket in Pakistan, the criticism of his brother, the effect of wicket-keeping on Umar Akmal's batting and more.

 

In his second blog for PakPassion.net, former Pakistan batsman and Pakistan "A" captain Mohammad Wasim presents his thoughts on how Pakistan's domestic cricket should be improved, the short and long term challenges facing the Pakistan Cricket Board, the areas in which the PCB needs to invest in for the betterment of Pakistan cricket and what the Board's objectives and planning should focus upon.

 

As part of the latest Talent Spotter, PakPassion spoke to upcoming leg-spinner Karamat Ali.

 

PakPassion.net caught up with Jamal Anwar to talk about his form in domestic cricket, the challenges of wicket-keeping and his hopes of representing Pakistan in the future.

 

PakPassion is proud to present the 21st Episode of the exclusive cricket review show - View From The Pavilion! This week we invite cricket commentator and writer Qamar Ahmed - who recently completed 400 Tests as a reporter. The host - MIG, discusses the recently concluded Test Series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka with our guest Qamar Ahmed.

 

PakPassion.net spoke to Sohaib Maqsood about his promising start in internatnional cricket, comparisions with Inzamam and much more.

 

PakPassion.net caught up with Azharullah following the announcement that he will be part of the 2014 auction in Bangalore.

 

PakPassion.net caught up with Awais Zia to discuss the matches he played against England, his performance in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and much more. 

 

February 2014

 

In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, Nazar spoke about the role and importance of specialist coaches in international cricket, potential canditates for the vacant Pakistan head coaching position and wheather he would be interested in the role himself. 

 

PakPassion.net caught up with Hasan Raza to discuss how he got into cricket; the recently concluded Under-19 Asia Cup and his future aspirations.

 

Scotland go into the 2015 World Cup as heavy underdogs but in an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, Safyaan Sharif spoke about the experience of winning the qualifying event and his  and the team's targets for the tournament in 2015, how he was introduced to the game of cricket and the importance of continued funding from the ICC for the Associate nations.

 

In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, the Rawalpindi born all-rounder spoke of the frustrating injury at the Big Bash, his hope that he can return to play for Perth Scorchers in the future, his experience of playing cricket in international leagues around the world, his ambition to play for Pakistan in the future and how the Pakistan domestic Twenty20 competition could be improved.

 

Former Chairman of the IPL, Lalit Modi spoke exclusively with PakPassion.net about corruption in the IPL, the Big Three and cricketing ties between India and Pakistan.

 

West Indies all-rounder, Kieron Pollard speaks to PakPassion.net about his knee injury, playing alongside Shahid Afridi in the Big Bash League and his hopes for the future.

 

PakPassion.net caught up with the Pakistan Under-19's captain, Sami Aslam ahead of their warm-up match against the United Arab Emirates Under-19s to discuss his career to date, future aspirations, as well preparations for the upcoming ICC Under 19 World Cup.

 

In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, Misbah-ul-Haq spoke about his approach to captaincy, the upcoming Asia Cup and the epic run chase against Sri Lanka.

 

In his latest blog for PakPassion.net, pace bowling coach Ian Pont compares the two premier fast bowlers and discusses the factors contributing to their succes.

 

March 2014