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"Some Pakistan players need someone behind them with a stick to get them to work" : Saeed Ajmal

Once ranked as the world's best ODI bowler as well as being a magician with the red ball, Saeed Ajmal's international career took a dramatic turn in 2014 when his bowling action was deemed illegal by the ICC and required a complete modification. In his first match with a remodelled action in early 2015, Ajmal conceded 74 runs for no ... Read More

"Mickey Arthur needs to understand the quality and temperaments of the players" : Sohail Tanvir

A cricketer with significant international experience and a popular choice among Twenty20 franchises, Sohail Tanvir has seen it all. The left-arm pace bowler missed out on selection for the recent World Twenty20 and remains off the selectors radar despite commendable stats at international level. He continues to ply his trade in Twenty20 leagues around the world, most recently in the ... Read More

"Wasim Akram was phenomenal in the advice he gave to all of us at the PSL" : Amad Butt

A rising star in Pakistan cricket, 21-year-old Amad Butt is a right-arm fast-bowler from Sialkot who shone for the Punjab side during the recently concluded Pakistan Cup. His nine wickets at an average of twenty-one played a huge role in Punjab's run to the final where he continued his good form by taking three for fifty-five, including the key wicket ... Read More

"We need to start growing our cricket like an industrial sector" : Javed Afridi, CEO Haier (Pakistan)

CEO of Haier Pakistan, Javed Afridi has featured prominently in cricket circles in recent months thanks to the success of his Peshawar Zalmi franchise in the inaugural Pakistan Super League (PSL). His organisation also sponsored the recently concluded Pakistan Cup, and Afridi has been vocal in his support for the growth of cricket all over Pakistan.   In an exclusive interview with ... Read More

"Big plus for Pakistan if they have an overseas coach" : Geoff Lawson

Former Australian fast-bowler Geoff Lawson represented his country from 1980-1989 where he picked up 268 wickets in 125 international appearances. He was later to become only the third foreigner to take over as Pakistan’s Head Coach where he served with distinction between July 2007 and October 2008. His work methods and ethics were admired by all players under his tutelage ... Read More

"I have lots to learn but I'm happy with my progress" : Mohammad Asghar

Mohammad Asghar shot to prominence in the Pakistan Super League for KPK with his wicket-taking ability and excellent control. A left-arm spinner who can turn the ball sharply both ways, Asghar appears to have a bright future ahead of him in Pakistan cricket. Speaking exclusively to PakPassion.net, Asghar talked about the Pakistan Super League, the benefit of playing alongside the ... Read More

"I have made comebacks in the past, I will do it again" : Fawad Alam

At 30 years of age and still with only three Test matches to his name, Fawad Alam continues to divide opinion. His domestic record remains as stellar as ever, averaging 56, 48 and 32 in First Class, List A and Twenty20 cricket respectively, yet a return to the Pakistan side in any format remains elusive. He was part of the ... Read More

"My dream is to play for Pakistan for many years" : Fakhar Zaman

Born in Mardan, twenty-six year old Fakhar Zaman was first introduced to cricket ten years ago when he joined the Pakistan Navy and subsequently the Navy cricket team. He followed this by breaking into the Karachi Regional side before making his first class debut for Karachi Blues in 2013. He has since made a stellar start to his domestic career, ... Read More

"I did not deserve to be part of the World Twenty20 squad" : Mohammad Rizwan

Regarded as one of Pakistan's top wicket-keeper batsmen and also a fine fielder, twenty-three year old Mohammad Rizwan has represented Pakistan in twenty-four games where he has scored 454 runs and taken twelve catches. Lackluster performances against England and New Zealand as well as a below par showing in the recently concluded Pakistan Super League meant that Rizwan was not ... Read More

"Mohammad Amir can become a great for Pakistan in the coming years": Misbah-ul-Haq

On the evening of 23rd February, forty-one year old Misbah-ul-Haq accomplished another landmark in his distinguished career when he lifted the trophy for the inaugural edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) as captain for Islamabad United. Read More

"We are confident of a good showing at the World T20" : Mohammad Hafeez

One of the key batsmen for the Peshawar Zalmi squad in the inaugural edition of the Pakistan Super League, Mohammad Hafeez has also served Pakistan with distinction representing the country in 293 games where he has amassed 10220 runs and also taken a more than useful haul of 227 wickets. Read More

"It's disappointing to miss the World Twenty20" : Ravi Bopara

Currently the leading run-scorer and 2nd highest wicket-taker in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL), Ravi Bopara is a well known name in the Twenty20 league circuit. He has represented England in no less than 171 games, scoring 3981 runs and has taken 57 wickets. Read More

"Ahmed Shehzad will be a very important player for Pakistan in the future" : Luke Wright

One of the star attractions in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), Luke Wright is a popular inclusion in Twenty20 leagues around the world. The thirty year old has represented England in 101 international games, scoring a total of 1466 runs. In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, Wright spoke about his disappointment at not being selected for the England World ... Read More

"PSL can get bigger and better each year" : Shaun Tait

Regarded as one of the world's fastest bowlers, 32 year old Shaun Tait recently made his international comeback when he was selected for Australia's Twenty20 match against India in Adelaide. Tait has made 59 international appearances taking a total of 95 wickets after making his debut for Australia in the Ashes series of 2005 in England. The Adelaide born ... Read More

"Pakistan Super League can become a big name in franchise cricket" : Darren Sammy

Currently regarded as one of the top Twenty20 players in the world, Darren Sammy's leadership was crucial in his country's victory in the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 tournament. An all-rounder par excellence, Sammy has represented his country in thirty-eight Test matches scoring 1323 runs and has taken 84 wickets, whilst in the fifty-over format of the game he has played ... Read More

"My best cricketing years are ahead of me" : Junaid Khan

Regarded as one of Pakistan's most talented left-arm fast-bowlers and a regular member of the national squad until June 2015, Junaid Khan has faced an uphill struggle to re-establish himself in the national team due largely to injuries. Since 2011 when he made his debut in all three formats of the game, the twenty-six year old pace bowler has played ... Read More

"The pressure will be on the other teams when they face our line-up!" : Atif Rana (Lahore Qalandars)

The Pakistan Super League (PSL) recently crossed some major milestones with the award of franchise ownerships and selection of squads via a well organized draft process. The Punjab region in the PSL will be represented by the Lahore Qalandars who are owned by the Qatar Lubricants Company (QALCO). In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, the country director of QALCO ... Read More

"I want a second chance. I want to serve my country again" : Saleem Malik

Armed with a silken touch and having the ability to bludgeon the ball in equal measure, Saleem Malik was a mainstay of the Pakistan batting order in a career which began in 1982 and lasted seventeen years. During these years, Malik's daring match winning and saving innings gave him an almost cult like following amongst Pakistan cricket followers. He played ... Read More

"Pakistan think-tank got it wrong against England in the limited overs internationals" : Aaqib Javed

In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, the former Pakistan fast-bowler and current coach of the UAE team, Aaqib Javed, spoke about Mohammad Amir's potential return to international cricket, the reasons behind Pakistan's poor showing in the LOI series against England and shared his views about the stalled Pakistan-India series. Read More

No problems with the return of Mohammad Amir says Shoaib Malik

Shoaib Malik's international career took a turn for the better in 2015 when on comeback he put in some splendid performances to regain his position in the Pakistan limited overs teams. At thirty-three years of age, the Pakistan all-rounder has played 231 One-day internationals, scoring 6097 runs and has taken 150 wickets. His importance to Pakistan's upcoming World ... Read More