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Niall O'Brien is a left-handed batsman and wicket-keeper who has played 59 one day internationals and 21 T20Is for Ireland.

Domestically he began his professional career with Kent before joining Northamptonshire at the start of 2007. In 2012 he signed a three year deal with Leicestershire and moved to Grace Road following three seasons at Kent and six years at Northamptonshire. He made his One Day International debut for Ireland in 2006 and two years later played his first Twenty20 International. He has played key roles in helping Ireland qualify for the last two 50-over World Cups and all four editions of the ICC World T20 since 2009.

O'Brien has also played in overseas t20 leagues, first the Indian Cricket League in 2008 and then the Bangladesh Premier League in 2012. His innings of 72 from 107 balls in the 2007 World Cup group match against Pakistan helped Ireland earn an upset victory and also earned him the man of the match award.

Following Ireland's shock defeat at the hands of the Netherlands which knocked them out of the ongoing World T20 tournament, O'Brien spoke exclusively to PakPassion.net about the reasons for that defeat, where Irish cricket is heading following this disappointment, who he feels will go on to win the 2014 World T20 and much more.

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The honorary secretary of the Pakistan Disabled Cricket Association (PDCA), Amir Uddin Ansari spoke exclusively with PakPassion.net about the background and future of Disabled Cricket in Pakistan.

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In exclusive remarks to PakPassion.net, the captain of the England Disabled Team, James Williams, commented on the development of the game for disabled cricketers and how it can be further improved.

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In an interview with PakPassion.net, Mohammad Amir talks about the proposed changes by the ICC which may allow him to play domestic cricket before the end of his ban.

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Azhar Mahmood tells PakPassion.net he wishes to pass on his experience to his countrymen should the opportunity arise, and he is particularly keen to offer his assistance as Pakistan prepare for the ICC’s premier T20 tournament, the World T20 in Bangladesh. 

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Born in Colombo, Davenell (Dav) Whatmore represented Australia as a middle-order batsman in seven Test matches and a solitary ODI, making a top score of 77 against India in New Delhi. He was more successful at First-Class level, scoring over 6000 runs for Victoria in 108 matches at an average of almost 34. He retired from professional cricket in 1989 to pursue a career in coaching.

During his distinguished career as a coach, Whatmore coached Sri Lanka on two separate occasions, with his most memorable association with the Lankans coming during their incredible World Cup win in 1996. In addition, he won the County Championship with Lancashire in 1998 and 1999, as well as the Natwest Trophy in 1998. In 2003, he took on the challenge of coaching Bangladesh and was in charge when they won their first ever series by defeating Zimbabwe. He also oversaw the ODI victories over Australia, South Africa and the famous win over India in the 2007 World Cup. Between 2009 and 2012, Whatmore was also coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League.

In March 2012, the Pakistan Cricket Board appointed Whatmore as Head Coach of the Pakistan side, replacing interim coach Mohsin Khan. Whatmore's tenure in this position saw Pakistan winning the Asia Cup and they were also successful in ODI series wins away from home versus India and South Africa. Failure to win the Champions Trophy in England as well as disappointing performances in the Test match series against South Africa were low points in his tenure, but he departed with his head held high after a sensational series-leveling Test win against Sri Lanka in Sharjah where Pakistan chased down over 300 on the final day.

In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, Whatmore discussed the highs and lows of his tenure as Pakistan coach, his relationship with Misbah-Ul-Haq, Mohammad Irfan's injury problems and his observations about standard of domestic cricket in Pakistan.

 

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We examine the progress of the Pakistan U19 players who took part in the memorable World Cup final victory against India in 2006

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