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"Why does Afridi need to be captain to help Pakistan win the World Cup?" : Asim Kamal

A left handed middle order batsman known more for his grit than flamboyance, Asim Kamal was termed as a Test match specialist when he debuted for Pakistan against South Africa in 2003. Instead of becoming the tenth Pakistani to score a century on Test debut, he achieved a more eminent and perhaps undesired feat by getting out for 99 runs ... Read More

"Move on and accept the 15 degrees limit" : Saqlain Mushtaq

Widely regarded as the inventor of the famed "Doosra" delivery, Saqlain Mushtaq is considered as one of the greatest spin bowlers to have graced the game. He was the first off-spinner to consistently utilise the "Doosra" which formed a key part of his armoury in both Tests and one-day internationals. Also noted for his spin skills and also for his ... Read More

"My love for cricket has helped me overcome a lot of hurdles" : Matloob Qureshi

Born in Multan in 1987, Matloob Qureshi was just 5 years old when a horrible accident near his home resulted in him losing his right arm. Whilst many in his position in Pakistan would have struggled to lead a normal life, let alone take part in sports, Matloob's love for the game of cricket, inspired by his role model Saeed ... Read More

"I never gave up or lost hope regarding a comeback" : Fawad Alam

Hailing from Karachi, Fawad Alam has had a stop-start international career which currently boasts three Test matches, 29 One Day Internationals and 24 T20Is. Having dominated domestic cricket for many years with a First-Class average of 55.87 and a List A average of 48.55, Fawad has struggled to nail down a permanent spot in the Pakistan side in any format.  However, ... Read More

"Organising more 'A' tours will ultimately benefit the Pakistan team" : Babar Azam

A cousin of Pakistan cricket's Akmal brothers (Kamran Akmal, Adnan Akmal and Umar Akmal), Babar Azam is a budding young talent who has represented Pakistan in two Under-19 Cricket World Cups, finishing as the team's highest run scorer of the tournament on both occasions. In 2012, he captained the Pakistan Under-19s on their tour of South Africa, at the Asia ... Read More

"Pakistan are over-relying on their spinners" : Azhar Mahmood

Born in Rawalpindi, Azhar Mahmood played 21 Tests for Pakistan, scoring 900 runs and taking 39 wickets, as well as featuring in 143 ODIs, scoring 1521 runs and taking 123 wickets between 1996 and 2007. He began his Test career in 1997 on a high note, scoring a belligerent Test century against South Africa in Rawalpindi, later adding 2 more ... Read More

"I lost weight but my batting suffered" : Nasir Jamshed

Regarded as one of the most talented young left-handed opening batsmen from Pakistan at the moment, Nasir Jamshed made his international debut against Zimbabwe in an ODI in 2008, smashing 61 off just 48 deliveries which saw him win the Man of the Match award. In his second ODI, he hit 74 off 64 balls, becoming only the third Pakistani ... Read More

"I'm not finished with international cricket" : Abdul Razzaq

Abdul Razzaq has represented Pakistan on more than 300 occasions, scoring over 7,000 international runs and taking almost 400 wickets. The all-rounder last represented Pakistan in the T20 series between Pakistan and South Africa four months ago, although his last one day international was in November 2011.  The 34-year-old has been a key member of Pakistan's limited-overs teams since making his ... Read More

"I plan to leave cricket with my head held high" : Misbah-ul-Haq

Misbah-ul-Haq was appointed Pakistan Test captain in October 2010 and took over the one-day captaincy seven months later. He took on the captain's role after a period of turmoil for Pakistan cricket and his calm demeanour has ensured he has held on to the leadership of the Pakistan Test and ODI teams for over three years, a significant period of ... Read More

Aaqib Javed questions Zaheer Abbas' Fitness as Pakistan's Batting Consultant

Aaqib Javed represented Pakistan on 185 occasions, taking over 230 wickets in a ten-year playing career, the highlight being the key role he played in Pakistan's 1992 World Cup victory where he opened the bowling and took key wickets throughout the tournament. He has pursued a coaching career since retiring in 2003, taking up a number of roles in the ... Read More

"BCCI, ECB & CA proposals threaten the world game" : Lalit Modi

Best known as being the Chairman and Commissioner of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Chairman of the Champions League between 2008 and 2010, the outspoken and flamboyant Lalit Modi has had the unique distinction of being portrayed as a pioneer and villain in the race to capture the hearts and minds of the cricketing world. Now a vocal critic ... Read More

"It's about winning games and not about the batting average" : Kieron Pollard

Kieron Pollard played his first game for the West Indies in April 2007, just three months after his first-class debut. It was a rapid rise for the hard-hitting all-rounder, who was selected after impressing selectors with 126 off just 71 balls in his first four-day game, for Trinidad & Tobago.  His One Day International debut was in the 2007 ICC World ... Read More

"Pakistani players at the IPL would make the tournament stronger" : Yasir Arafat

Considered by many as unlucky to not have been a permanent member of the Pakistan team, Yasir Arafat played for Sussex in 2006, 2009 and 2010 and was part of the Sharks side that won the Twenty20 Cup in 2009. He has turned out for five different English counties - Sussex, Kent, Surrey, Lancashire and Somerset and is the leading ... Read More

"Hopefully we can beat a couple of the big teams at the World Cup" : Safyaan Sharif

Hailing from Yorkshire, 22-year-old pace bowler Safyaan Sharif has played nine ODIs and seven T20Is for Scotland, with his best performance coming on debut against the Netherlands in 2011 when he took 4/27 from 8 overs. More recently, he was part of the Scotland side that won the ICC World Cup Qualifiers and as a result qualified for the 2015 ... Read More

"I think that I am ready for international cricket" : Sami Aslam

PakPassion.net caught up with the Pakistan Under-19s captain, 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. Read More

"Tennis requires more exposure in Pakistan" : Nida Waseem

Nida Waseem was born on November 1, 1982 in Karachi, Pakistan and is the second of three children. She is a former National Tennis Champion and studied at the Boston College (USA) on scholarship. She is deemed as the most prolific female tennis player after Nosheen Ehtesham, the mother of Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi. She holds national records for playing the most ... Read More

"I am a much calmer player than I was before" : Awais Zia

Awais Zia is a hard-hitting left-hander who was selected in the Pakistan T20 squad to face England in 2012 after some strong performances for domestic side Rawalpindi Rams in the Faysal Bank T20 Cup, where he helped his side reach the final. Zia played in all three matches in the T20 series against England but despite some lusty blows, he was ... Read More

"PCB should look to appoint Waqar Younis as head coach" : Mudassar Nazar

Mudassar Nazar played 76 Tests and 122 ODIs for Pakistan between 1976 and 1989, scoring almost 7,000 runs and taking 175 wickets. An accumulator of runs, his best performances came at home where he scored eight of his ten Test centuries, half of which were scored against India. Providing stability at the top of the batting order, Nazar averaged 54 in ... Read More

"BCCI is asking us to sign up, then we may get a series against them" : Zaka Ashraf

In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net from Dubai, Zaka Ashraf clarified the position of the PCB on this issue, expressed his dismay at the high-handedness of some of the officials, and also explained the PCB's stance on verbal proposals by the BCCI for a bilateral series and made it clear that the proposals would undermine the very existence of the ... Read More

"Misbah's an inspiration and role-model" : Sohaib Maqsood

Sohaib Maqsood made his international debut in August 2013 in a Twenty20 international during Pakistan's tour of Zimbabwe. The hard hitting batsman from Multan also went on to play his first one-day international against South Africa a couple of months later where he scored a belligerent half-century against an attack featuring Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel.  The composed right-hander followed up ... Read More