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"I feel that steady improvements will see me play for Pakistan in the near future" : Zafar Gohar

20 year old Zafar Gohar is a cricketer who many Pakistani cricket followers believe has all the hallmarks of someone who could play for Pakistan for a long time. A slow left-arm bowler with an abundance of varieties, more than capable with the bat and a very fine fielder, Zafar is a cricketer who will inject passion, energy and flair ... Read More

"The passion to play for Pakistan is still there" : Abdur Rehman

Although he debuted at the age of 26 in an ODI game against the West Indies in 2006, the crowning moment of spinner Abdur Rehman's career came in 2012 when he picked up 6/25 to help Pakistan to a crushing 72 run victory over England in Abu Dhabi. His bowling in that series which yielded nineteen wickets in three Test ... Read More

"The Pakistan Super League must be held in Pakistan" : Ehsan Mani

Former ICC president Ehsan Mani has in recent times been an outspoken critic of the undue influence of the Big 3 on the ICC and was recently subject of a tirade by the outgoing ECB Chairman, Giles Clarke, at the 2015 Wisden dinner. In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, Mani spoke about his address at the Wisden dinner and sought ... Read More

"Women's Football is still in its initial stages in Pakistan" : Raheela Zarmeen

Hailing from Kalat, Balochistan, Raheela Zarmeen is the current manager of Balochistan United as well as Pakistan’s Women Football Team. She did her graduation in Political Science and holds a diploma in Mass Communication. She is also member of the Youth Parliament Pakistan & Beydar Foundation.  Read More

"If you want to achieve your aims, you have to be brave" : Sarfraz Ahmed

When Pakistan's retiring ODI skipper, Misbah-ul-Haq, termed the presence of his courageous wicket-keeper as 'Oxygen' for the team, he was not exaggerating. Ever since his ODI debut against India in 2007, Sarfraz Ahmed in his association with the Pakistan team has defied his doubters with some prolific performances where in just 13 Test matches, he has built up an average ... Read More

"Waqar Younis has been an inspiration and great help for me" : Rahat Ali

Not considered a One Day specialist and initially overlooked by the selectors when they announced the 15 man squad to represent Pakistan in the 2015 World Cup, the twenty-six year old pace bowler Rahat Ali now finds himself as an integral part of the Pakistan team as it prepares to meet Australia in Friday's Quarter Final in Adelaide. In ... Read More

"I dream of playing in one of the European leagues" : Kaleemullah

Known as ‘Pakistan’s Messi’, Kaleemullah Khan is a striker who plays for FC Dordoi in Kyrgyzstan. He is FC Dordoi’s 5th highest goal-scorer in club’s history with 18 goals in 17 matches. He made his international debut for Pakistan in 2011 in a friendly match against Palestine. He has bagged 4 goals for Pakistan in his short career. ... Read More

"It's time for Umar Akmal to stop blaming others and to perform" : Faisal Iqbal

A veteran of 26 Tests and 18 ODI games, thirty-three year old Pakistan batsman Faisal Iqbal spoke to PakPassion.net about Pakistan's current progress in the 2015 World Cup and specifically about the importance of batting strategies in the first ten overs, Sarfraz Ahmed's encouraging return to the team and his views on Umar Akmal and Sohaib Maqsood's worrying lack of ... Read More

"Attack is the best form of defence against South Africa" : Wahab Riaz

Wahab Riaz has recently made headlines for Pakistan in the ongoing 2015 World Cup with some startling performances with the bat and ball. He is a key member of the fast improving Pakistan fast-bowling quartet which will soon take on the might of the South African batting machine. In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, the twenty-nine year old fast-bowler spoke ... Read More

"Our opening batsmen are a real cause of concern" : Sohail Tanvir

With the experience of over a hundred internationals to his name, all-rounder Sohail Tanvir knows what it takes to succeed in international cricket. The left arm pace bowler missed out on selection for the ongoing World Cup but has been keeping a close eye on proceedings. He spoke to PakPassion.net about his views on Pakistan's performance and positives which they ... Read More

"The coach cannot do everything for the players" : Yasir Arafat

With Pakistan's recent World Cup woes making the headlines, PakPassion.net spoke to Pakistan all-rounder, Yasir Arafat regarding the reasons behind Pakistan's lacklustre bowling performance, the ineffectiveness of the Pakistan fast bowlers, the effect of the off-field controversies on the morale of the team and also looked ahead at Pakistan's chances for the remainder of the tournament. Read More

"My goal is to return to the Pakistan side" : Usman Salahuddin

As debuts go, Usman Salahuddin's introduction to the world of international cricket in 2011 was non-remarkable to say the least. The right-handed batsman from Lahore played 2 One Day Internationals against the West Indies, scoring just 13 runs which to many was an injustice to his immense promise. Not picked again for any international assignment, the 24 year old has ... Read More

"No need to sledge Kohli, just get him out cheaply" : Sohail Tanvir

At the age of thirty and having represented Pakistan in sixty two ODIs, Sohail Tanvir continues to battle to establish a permanent place in the Pakistan ODI team. Having taken seventy one ODI wickets at an average of 36.14 , the left-arm medium pacer known for his unorthodox bowling action is once again facing disappointment after not being included in ... Read More

"Australia is the team to beat at the World Cup" : Marcus North

Marcus North played a total of 21 Test matches, two ODIs and a solitary T20I between February 2009 and December 2010. Known as a dependable left-handed middle-order batsman and an effective right-arm off-break bowler, North made 1171 runs in Test matches including 5 hundreds and 4 fifties. The best moments of his career revolved around his performances during the Ashes ... Read More

"Saeed Ajmal is 110% ready for the official test" : Moghees Sheikh

As the currently suspended Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal prepares to take a career defining test on his bowling action in Chennai on 24th January, PakPassion.net spoke with Ajmal's manager Moghees Sheikh who has been assisting Ajmal with his plans to return to international cricket. In an exclusive interview, Moghees describes the steps undertaken by Saeed Ajmal, under the tutelage of renowned ... Read More

"Pakistan are far behind other teams in terms of preparations for the World Cup" : Aaqib Javed

Throughout his international career which spanned 22 Tests and 163 ODIs (1989-1998), Aaqib Javed played a key support role to his most illustrious colleagues such as Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis where he picked a total of 236 wickets, with his crowning moment undoubtedly coming in the victorious 1992 World Cup campaign in Australia and New Zealand. Currently employed ... Read More

"My dream has always been to play for Pakistan" : Mir Hamza

Yet another star in the universe of talented Pakistani left arm pace bowlers, Mir Hamza has been making headlines in recent times due to performances in the country's premier long format tournament, the Quaid-e-Azam trophy (GOLD). Playing for Karachi Dolphins, the 22 year old picked up 58 wickets in 11 matches at an average of under 18, with 6 five ... Read More

"This ODI team does have the Cornered Tigers spirit" : Moin Khan

The sight of Moin Khan walking in to take guard at crucial moments in the innings was one that always filled Pakistan supporters with joy and hope. The gutsy street-fighter attitude embodied by the likes of legendary cricketers such as Javed Miandad was reflected in full in the manner in which Moin approached his cricket. Never one to throw in the ... Read More

"I want to put in some consistent performances for Pakistan" : Saud Shakeel

Saud Shakeel at 19 years of age is one of the brightest young prospects in Pakistan Cricket. He has made it his habit to make the headlines from the time he started playing in Under 16 tournaments in 2011 and then onto the inter-region U19 level where he played for Karachi Whites and Karachi Zone and then onto Inter-Region/Department tournaments ... Read More