INTERVIEWS

Owing to a suggestion by Amit P, our oldest visitor (oldest as in, who has supported us for the longest time, not oldest as in age!) comes this “Interviews” page. On this page you can suggest Youtube video links for interviews which we will add in video format, or you can simply copy and paste interviews.

1) SACHIN’S RECENT INTERVIEW- 1/3

2) SACHIN’S RECENT INTERVIEW- 2/3

3) SACHIN’S RECENT INTERVIEW- 3/3

4) SHOAIB ACTOR SPEAKS ABOUT AFRIDI AND ASIF- HE PUTS THE BLAME ON AFRIDI ABOUT WHY HE HIT ASIF. THIS IS A SHAMEFUL ACT BY SHOAIB WHO IS A TOTAL UNCOUTH. SEE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE WAY AFRIDI AND ACTOR ARE TALKING- AFRIDI APPEARS MORE DECENT AND REFINED.

5) MIANDAD TALKS ABOUT SHOAIB ACTOR’S DISGRACEFUL BEHAVIOUR. PEOPLE MAKE FUN OF MIANDAD IN PAKISTAN BUT HE TALKS A LOT OF SENSE HERE WITH A LOT OF DECENCY

7) IMRAN NAZIR SPEAKS ABOUT MAQ TWENTY20 TOURNAMENT

8- FAISAL IQBAL SPEAKS ABOUT MAQ TWENTY20 TOURNAMENT

9) MIANDAD SPEAKS IN ENGLISH ABOUT MAQ TWENTY20 TOURNAMENT

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  1. #1 by khansahab on August 12, 2008 - 7:02 PM

    Just to inform our visitors, interviews should be suggested here on this page. Other videos regarding everything else about cricket will go on the Videos page.

  2. #2 by Amit. P on August 16, 2008 - 8:43 PM

    Nice videos khansaab .. specially the last one … javed miandad looks so humble while talking …. truely he is among that class who whole heartedly thinks ab’t pak cricket and those words (rather meaningless in shoaib’s case) that shoaib akhtar was repeating (passion, passion, passion .. ) perfectly fits for miandad.

    Shoaib’s anger was typical bollywoodish …. “pakistan mera passion hai …. aur pakistan k liye khelna mera fashion” 😀
    I have seen many of his interviews on indian channel …. and i must say i used to like his attitude much before all these controversies, but now he is totally out of sort.

  3. #3 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 16, 2008 - 10:56 PM

    Amit

    The guy who interviewed Javed Miandad is a real pain in the a$$ not only he is an ear sore but irritatingly unbearable chap. He took 4 minutes to ask the first question and every time he interrupted JM and Abbassi with his verbose and his shortest question was 2 minutes long, more of a statement than a question. In my opinion there is nothing significant that came out of that interview except for one sentence from JM and i.e., in replying to that question about Zidane…. JM said, Zidane retired after that incident so Shoaib Akhtar should also do the same and follow him. Other than that I know poor JM struggles to express his views.

    As regards Shoaib Akhtar in the above video, I never saw that video before and the way he was talking so “passionately” appeared more like a undignified uncouth badtameez idiot who has no mannerism and he considered everyone else as trash.

    Currently he is under fire once again to pay the 7 million rupees fine. What do you think he will pay? I don’t think he has any money to pay that fine. They will once again waive that fine. I dunno why they make a mockery of the situation? Every time its the same replay, same rerun of Show-Actor, its really sickening to even know about it.

  4. #4 by Amit. P on August 17, 2008 - 6:07 AM

    Javed,

    I was thinking on the same line ab’t that host … my question is .. does miandad need that much introduction in pakistan or even india ? … it must be embarrassing for him to face that much shower of praise.

    About shoaib … i have seen one of his interviews just after IPL on some indian channel …. there were two lady hosts for that show and both of them seem like offering everything to him .. he was behaving like a hunk .. smile, style, accent .. everything. In that interview if i remember correctly i heard him saying something like .. “i want to do for my country, my country has given me so much that i want to return something that i can .. like imran khan i am too considering building a hospital in some village” … and then he add something like …”Allah ne mujhe itna fame aur paisa diya hai to mera bhi farz banta hai ki main koi nek kaam karon”

    Going by his interview i think he can easily pay that 70 lakhs of fine. If not then he shud dial SRK 😀

  5. #5 by JAVED A. KHAN on August 17, 2008 - 9:43 AM

    Amit

    I don’t know if you were a regular on PakSpin but there was a guy called Eceuph Ahmad and he once wrote: (when Shoaib Akhtar came back after a gap of few months or a year) “I dunno if anyone else noted but Shoaib appears gay to me.” So, I dunno if SRK’s unconditional love towards the Show-Actor is because of that G-Bond? But its hard to tell who is active. 🙂

  6. #6 by khansahab on August 17, 2008 - 10:42 AM

    Interview of Yasir Hameed

    What got you into cricket professionally?

    Yasir Hameed: (Begins with Bismillah) I’m sure you’re aware that Pakistanis are crazy for cricket and I too came from a cricket mad family. I used to play cricket with my brothers and uncles every day, we used to play together all the time. Once I’d been playing for a short while people began telling me that I had some quality shots and that my batting had the potential to get me into cricket as a profession. So I agreed to try my luck and see if I could make a career out of playing a sport that I love.

    Is there anyone from your friends or family who was already a cricketer?

    Yasir Hameed: No. I’m the first one from my circle to play cricket professionally and at the highest level.

    Who were your favourite cricketers when you were growing up?

    Yasir Hameed: The entire World Cup winning team of 1992, their win was my inspiration to become a cricketer. From non-Pakistani players I’ve always been a big fan of Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar, as batsmen they’re both a class apart from the rest of the field. Viv Richards and Gordon Greenidge were great players before that.

    When did you start taking cricket seriously?

    Yasir Hameed: When i was selected for Peshawar u16 and began playing for Peshawar u16 division, that’s when I realised that if I worked hard I had a real chance to make a career out of cricket.

    You dont have a Peshawari twang in your accent, did you grow up there?

    Yasir Hameed: It’s a good question. Although I grew up in Peshawar I’m actually from Abbottabad.

    You debuted in your mid-20s which is quite old by Pakistani cricket standards, why such a late debut?

    Yasir Hameed: Because my cricket age is also my real age . After playing junior cricket, I had a couple of poor seasons at domestic level where my performances weren’t consistent. After that I had 3 years where I batted consistently and solidly in domestic cricket and I got selected on the basis of those performances. I’m glad I got the chance to play for Pakistan and it doesn’t matter to me that it was in my mid-20s. I look to players like Zaheer Abbas who also debuted in his mid-20s and went on to forge a successful international career, I’m not as good as he was but his case is an inspiration to me.

    You began your career with a dream debut, scoring centuries in each innings, did this end up with people placing unrealistic expectations on your shoulders?

    Yasir Hameed: You’re right. People begin thinking if someone has scored a century in his first two innings then he should score another one in the 3rd, 4th, 5th innings and then in every innings after that. I’m grateful to Allah(swt) that I got a century in each innings on my debut but I agree with you that it does end up creating an unrealistic expectation. To be truthful I’m very disappointed in my performance in International cricket so far, I’ve missed out on 12 international centuries. I feel that if a player gets far enough past 50 runs in an innings then it’s a crime for him not to convert that score into a century, if you’re in good enough form to score 50 runs then you owe it to your team and to yourself to make your form count and get a really big score.

    Very well put, a batsman’s job isn’t completed once he’s passed 50. As you say he should make his good form count.

    Yasir Hameed: Dua karo (pray for me) that if I’m reselected that this time around I’m able to maintain my focus and concentration, I’m determined to make big scores nowadays.

    Do you also keep wicket?

    Yasir Hameed: No I dont. A few people have told me that I have a natural talent for keeping wickets and that I should become a keeper but wicket keeping is a specialist job and you can’t do justice to it unless you dedicate all your time to it. I want to be picked as a batsman and I’d rather spend my time concentrating on improving my batting than distract myself with trying to learn wicket keeping at my age.

    Is it true that you were put under pressure to become a keeper shortly after your debut?

    Yasir Hameed: No nothing like that.

    Do you prefer playing Test cricket or ODI cricket?

    Yasir Hameed: I can’t choose between the two, I’m a cricketer and I just love playing any form of cricket. It’s like you asking me if a Suraj Mukhi flower is more beautiful than a rose, both flowers are beautiful in different ways and in the same way I love both Test and ODI cricket.

    Who’s fitter out of you and Gul, you’re both known to have 8 packs and to be in top physical shape.

    Yasir Hameed: You can’t compare our fitness because we’re totally different players. I’m a batsman and he’s a fast bowler, we use entirely different muscles to do our jobs. Gul has to be fitter than me because he’s a fast bowler and a fast bowlers number one priority should be his fitness. I’m lucky and I thank God that I’ve never had a serious injury, I dont envy Gul all the strains and niggles that he’s been through. He’s a really dedicated cricketer and works unbelievably hard on his physical conditioning.

    What’re your favourite innings in both Test and ODI cricket?

    Yasir Hameed: Without a doubt in Tests it’s my centuries in each innings on my debut, in ODIs it’s the 98 I scored against India in Peshawar to win the MOTM award and the 300 I recently scored in domestic cricket is my favourite ever innings.

    You’ve always had an issue with your offstump, it’s your biggest weakness in batting. Is this something you struggle with in domestic cricket as well or is it something that has only crept into your International game?

    Yasir Hameed: (laughs) How do I answer that? Actually I agree with you, it’s been my most common mode of dismissal in my career so far. However I’d like to say that if I get another chance then with time you’ll forget I ever had an offstump weakness, I’m quite confident that I’ve exorcised those demons and it wont be a problem for me again. I’ve been aware of it and working really hard on it. If you take a look at this seasons domestic performance you’ll see that I’ve been in good form and I have been scoring some big runs, I’m confident that I’ve beaten it now.

    What specific work have you done on this weakness?

    Yasir Hameed: I’ve been working on my shot selection and have gone back to basics, I had a habit of chasing the ball outside the offstump even if it was swinging. I’ve even scored lots of runs by doing that but in the long run it gets you into a bad habit and once you develop a bad habit in cricket it’s hard to shake off…This isn’t just a problem for me but for every batsman, it’s indecision and being in two minds about what to do that eats away at a batsman’s confidence. We batsmen often get out poking at a ball which we could have hit for a boundary had we completed the shot instead of pulling out at the last minute. We should back our initial instincts more often.

    In your last tour of India you really struggled against Kumble, he was even introduced early a few times specifically to get your wicket. What went wrong?

    Yasir Hameed: I admit, I admit. I let him get on top of me and as a result he gave me a lot of difficulty. It was of my own doing really, I played him too carefully and too defensively. What I should’ve done was to charge him a few times, loft him for a few boundaries and put the pressure on him. Instead I went into my shell, played too defensively and ended up creating unnecessary pressure on myself. Kumble is a really experienced bowler and he noticed it straight away, he used it to his advantage. Had I charged him and put him on the back foot perhaps things would’ve been different but when you’re out in the middle and batting under pressure then often you forget the simplest of things.

    On some occasions, even before Kumble had released the ball, you’d planted your right foot across the line making yourself a sitting duck for an lbw.

    Yasir Hameed: I admit the charge you Honour (laughs), I’m pleading guilty on all counts.

    Ok but before we move on, has that experience had any negative effect on the way you play spinners?

    Yasir Hameed: Pakistan is a country with a rich tradition in spin bowling, we have had past stars like Qadir, Saqi and Mushy internationally. Also we have lots of good spin bowlers playing domestic cricket even now, I haven’t found myself struggling against spin bowling as a result of the experience with Kumble. As I said I let him dominate me when I should have been the one dominating him. That’s where I went wrong.

    You began your career batting at number 3, then you were made to open but where do you prefer to bat?

    Yasir Hameed: I began my career batting at number 3 but I was asked to open because I was told that my technique was good enough for me to be an opener. I agreed without a problem because I’m ready, willing and happy to bat at any position for my country. But that decision of mine has meant that I’ve now been tagged as an opener and I’m not being considered to bat anywhere else. I think that’s really unfair as I started out as a middle order batsman and not an opener, it recently cost me a chance to get into the Pakistan squad for the Champions Trophy because the available position was in the middle order and not as an opener. When they needed me to step up and open the innings I was happy to do it but now that I need them to see me as a potential candidate for the middle order, they can only see me as an opener. The truth is that I’m in great batting form at the moment and I’m ready to play in any position for my country and (Insha Allah) score big runs.

    I’ve always rated you as the best current Pakistani batsman after the big 3 (Inzi, Yousuf and Younis). You have the shots, the technique and the proven ability because you’ve made good scores on pitches around the world (including in South Africa and Australia). However despite having all the necessary ingredients you’ve never fulfilled your potential as a batsman, what’s missing is consistency. Why do you think you haven’t been consistent?

    Yasir Hameed: Thank you for the compliments but I can’t be compared with those three batsmen, I still have a long way to go before I can be named alongside them. You asked me why I’m not consistent but I’d like to ask you how can a batsman (especially an opener) be consistent if he isnt given consistent chances? If you’re selected inconsistently then how can you be consistent? I batted well when I first started but after a dip in form I began getting picked and dropped very inconsistently. Sometimes I was in the XI, other times I wasnt even the squad and suddenly i was back in the XI. This sort of treatment can be very disheartening for any player and I dont believe that it’s fair to expect consistency of performance to come out of inconsistency of opportunity.

    During the 2004 tour of Pakistan we heard a story about Rahul Dravid not recognizing you. Can you tell us what really happened?

    Yasir Hameed: I guess he’d seen me bowling in the nets because we took a lift together and he asked me if I was an offspinner, he said my action reminded him of Saqlain Mushtaq. I corrected him and informed him that I was an opening batsman and so he said ‘I see’ and that was it. He wasn’t rude to me or anything like that but I felt that I should do something to ensure that he remembers who I am the next time we meet. In the next game I hit 91 runs but unfortunately we lost that game.

    What was it like working with Bob Woolmer?

    Yasir Hameed: Everyone was positive and excited about him when he arrived, he came with a proven track record and we were all looking forward to working with him. He sold us on the dream of winning the 2007 World Cup, we all shared that vision with him and he said he was here to take us to the cup. That got us all pulling together, I was personally very excited because at that time I was in good form and I was really looking forward to working with such a legendary coach.

    Woolmer was a big fan of yours, he also said you were the player he spent the most time with.

    Yasir Hameed: He was a great coach, very hard working and he benefitted the Pakistan team a lot. Especially Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Yousuf. They made great strides under his coaching.

    Imagine I’m the chief selector, how would you convince me that you should get another chance to play for Pakistan?

    Yasir Hameed: (breaks into English) Cricket is a fair game, I know I didnt get any runs in 6 innings in India but that’s in the past now and I’m back in form. I’ve just scored a triple century in domestic cricket and I’ve scored quite a few hundreds and fifties recently. I did well in the Pentangular Cup and I scored close to 90 runs in the trial game. I think I deserve another chance to prove myself, I’m one of the guys that can win matches for you and I’m willing to bat where the team needs me.

    This 300 that you’ve mentioned a couple of times was scored against Abdur Rauf and Mohammad Irshad, tell us a bit more about it.

    Yasir Hameed: The track wasn’t flat, we put the other team in to bat and bowled them out twice to win the game. On the first day we bowled them out for 300 and I had to go out and survive 6 or 7 overs until the close of play. I ended the day with 20 runs, I was in good form and the ball was coming off the bat nicely. I went out the next day with a good feeling about my innings and scored 50, then 100, then 150 and by the time I reached 200 I had decided that I was going to go for 300. By the time I reached 300 I began to dare to dream of scoring 400 but my head was still in the clouds when I got out. Ever since that 300 I’ve been seeing the cricket ball like a beach ball and thank God (Allah ka Shukr hai) I’ve been in really good form. I’m a changed batsman since that 300, I’m much more confident in myself and in my skills and technique.

    Have you ever had an offer from ICL?

    Yasir Hameed: I’ve had a few offers from ICL, many of the people I turn to for advice have told me that it’s stupid to turn down that much money and that I should accept it. To be honest with you, I have felt tempted to take the offer but something wont let me. My heart just wont agree to it so I turned them down.

    What about the IPL?

    Yasir Hameed: I was told that I was supposed to be in the bidding for the IPL but after my run of bad form the PCB didnt recommend me and without their recommendation you cant be signed up by any IPL teams.

    How about county cricket?

    Yasir Hameed: I’d like to test myself on the English wickets. I’m sure that I’d score lots of runs, I love playing cricket in England so I’d be very happy to play in County cricket, in fact it’s something that I’ve always wanted to do.

    Tell us about your innings in the practise game and how you feel about missing out on selection for the Champions Trophy?

    Yasir Hameed: It was a seaming wicket and a 45 over match. Myself and Bazid Khan both batted well and our team won a very close game. Of course I’m disappointed that I wasn’t selected, that goes without saying. I feel that I’ve been performing well enough to merit a selection but I wasn’t selected. Still I wish Bazid the best of luck and I hope he does well (Insha Allah).

    Thank you very much for speaking to us Yasir, I wish you the best of luck in the future and I genuinely hope to see you playing for Pakistan again (Insha Allah).

    Yasir Hameed: Insha Allah and thank your members for their questions.

  7. #7 by khansahab on August 17, 2008 - 10:46 AM

    You can see from this interview Yasir is more humble and decent than most Pakistani cricketers. He is not complaining about injustice against him or a conspiracy against him and he is not being arrogant and calling himself a great player.

    He has some technical weaknesses and recently his international form has been poor. But I still feel he was more talented than
    Salman Butt, Imran Nazir and Imran Farhat who were always given more importance.

  8. #8 by khansahab on August 17, 2008 - 11:06 AM

    Interview with Fawad Alam

    Fawad Alam is not an over-ambitious cricketer who makes tall claims. He has a serious desire to continue playing cricket for the national side.

    Promising and gutsy are the words that best describe Fawad Alam’s personality. At 22, he is full of promise and committed to playing high-level cricket, putting his best foot forward.

    “I want to play cricket. It doesn’t matter whether it is an ODI, a Twenty-20 fixture or a Test match. I should be playing cricket for my country. I just want to concentrate on that,” says the ambitious cricketer.

    But Fawad Alam is not an over-ambitious person who makes tall claims. He has a serious desire to continue playing for the Pakistan team. “Representing and serving your country in itself is a great honour. What else can a cricketer wish for?” he enthuses.

    Coming from a cricketing family — his father Tariq Alam was a notable first class cricketer and one of his uncles Waheed Mirza with Mansoor Akhter holds the record for the highest run first-wicket partnership in first-class cricket — Fawad always had cricket on his mind.

    But the kind of talent he has exhibited so far reflects his bright future in the cricketing arena. He says it is because of his father and uncle that he has managed to play international cricket. “The way I was nurtured and trained by my father and uncle, I can say with conviction that I’m a fortunate man.”

    Fawad Alam has all the qualities that are required to become a good and useful cricketer. He is a crafty left-handed batsman with a sound technique and can play a wide range of shots. His style and physique may deceive you, since he’s not strongly built, his performances on the cricketing field can give you a pleasant surprise.

    He always relies on wrist-work and timing while batting. And he definitely has the power to smash the ball well over the boundary line. He proved that by hitting a straight six off Irfan Pathan in the last ODI in the recently concluded ODI series between India and Pakistan.

    Talking about that six, he says, “When I came to bat there were a few overs left and I had instructions to play ball-to-ball. I wasn’t thinking about the six at the time, but the delivery was so inviting that I couldn’t resist hitting it.”

    Instead of that six, Fawad likes to remember the match when he scored a quick-fire 32 runs (not out) and played an important role in Pakistan’s win. “For me what mattered was Pakistan’s victory and I am glad I contributed my bit to it.”

    Fawad Alam is also an unorthodox left-arm spinner who can turn the ball big time. His simple run-up to the bowling crease and a high-arm delivery action make him look like the former Pakistani great left-arm spinner Iqbal Qasim.

    Playing domestic cricket for National Bank (where Iqbal Qasim is employed), Fawad Alam acknowledges being the protégé of the former great spinner. “Iqbal Bhai has improved me a lot. In fact, it was him who encouraged me to continue bowling.”

    Fawad has also impressed everyone with his ground fielding, cheeky singles and running between the wickets.

    So far Fawad’s career highlight is the last season’s (domestic) Twenty20 Championship final. Playing for Karachi Dolphins he scored a fifty, grabbed five wickets and collected all major individual awards like Man of the Match, Man of the Series, Best Bowler and Best Batsman of the event.

    Fawad Alam has two ODIs and two international Twenty20 matches to his credit, but he has many moments to rejoice. “My two wickets against New Zealand in the Twenty20 World Cup semifinal and 32 runs against India are special moments; but honestly the happiest moment of my life was when I was picked for the Pakistan national team for the Abu Dhabi ODI series.”

    About his relationship with teammates Fawad says, “Believe me, all of them are wonderful companions. They help me a lot, encourage me all the time and guide me how to give my hundred per cent.

    “During the Twenty20 semifinal against New Zealand when I came to bowl, I was a little nervous about where to pitch the ball. When I asked Shoaib (Malik) Bhai, he instructed me to bowl with my best efforts. That encouraged me a lot.”

  9. #9 by khansahab on September 9, 2008 - 5:06 PM

    http://www.surreycricket.tv/page/Home/0,,12546,00.html

    Shoaib Akhtar’s latest interview with Surrey TV. Choora also calls England his second home! How many second homes has he got?! Kolkata is his second home, Mumbai is his second home, Australia is his second home too!

    What a loser.

    Actor’s English is quite fascinating too:

    “I enjoy playing for the Surreys

  10. #10 by khansahab on September 10, 2008 - 9:47 PM

    Mohammad Akram interview

    In a very candid interview Mohammad Akram looks back on his career, talks frankly about the two Ws and speaks out on the demerits of the cricketing system in Pakistan.

    So which one of them [Wasim Akram or Waqar Younis] was more helpful to you?

    Mohammad Akram: Neither of them, they didnt do anything for youngsters. It was part of their policy to not let youngsters in.

    This isn’t the first time I’ve heard this, about Wasim and Waqar blocking the progress of youngsters…

    Mohammad Akram: (interrupts) …no I wouldn’t call it blocking, they didn’t block anyone. It was more a case of the fact that they didn’t like to see anyone coming near them or reaching them. That was part of the reason they didnt like Shoaib, they were well against him.

    …The final straw was in 2001 when Aaqib Javed (who was then a selector) came into my hotel room to tell me that with both Wasim and Waqar being fit I was not needed in the squad for the upcoming Asian Test Championship. I had a contract with a club here in England and so I took the next flight out of Pakistan and came to England to play some cricket. Then suddenly I got a phone call from another selector, Zakir Khan, telling me that not only was I in the Test match squad but I was also going to be playing in the final XI vs Bangladesh at Multan. He also stressed that the game was taking place the day after tomorrow and that I needed to come back, so against my better judgement I tried to get a flight back to Pakistan. Unfortunately it was too short notice and I was unable to get back in time, so they banned me for two years for not turning up to play

    What’s your opinion on Shoaib? Is he as arrogant and aggressive as we are led to believe?

    Mohammad Akram: If you know Shoaib then he’s a lovely chap to be around, you’ll really enjoy his company and you’ll certainly never be bored (laughs). However if you dont know him then it’s a different story, he’s that sort of character. To understand Shoaib you have to get to know him, once you get to know him, you can understand where he’s coming from and what he’s talking about. When it come to Shoaib as a cricketer, I always think ‘what a waste’.

  11. #11 by khansahab on September 16, 2008 - 11:51 AM

    Please see the new interview links and give your opinions

  12. #12 by khansahab on November 17, 2008 - 5:13 PM

    Shoaib Khan’s interview

    What was the initial reaction of your family and friends on your selection in the national team for the Canada Twenty20?
    Obviously, I was excited very much. That was the great news for me and even whole of Quetta was delighted because I was the first to have been drifted to the national team from the region. My mobile phone constantly rang on the day of my selection. It seemed they were more excited than me, which really encouraged me.

    What did you learn from your first experience with the Pakistan team in Canada?
    Actually, the Canada tour was short one but still then I have learnt a lot as what are the real requirements to be a professional cricketer. And the most important off all was the fitness level at this stage of the game. What I observed was that every player has the highest of the fitness level, which I still have to match and that is the key aspect of international and of course domestic cricket too. But sharing time with the national side in itself was a great experience which I won’t be able to tell. It’s difficult for me to explain feelings.

    You were a sort of unknown in the team. What impression did the captain, coach and the overall team left on you?
    Yeah! That’s true. Nobody recognised me, as it was my first international tour and even I was not in the camp with the national team before and never ever played against and with most of the national players. And impression? I didn’t feel anything special from the captain and coach but both Shoaib Akhtar and Misbah-ul-Haq have a very polite and social nature.

    In this short trip to Canada, who was the one had friendly terms with you?
    It was a small tour to build up any kind of relations with anyone. But as I said, Shoaib Akhtar was the one who was so friendly throughout the tour. Otherwise, I barely talked to anyone as a new comer in the team. It was natural that one does hesitate during the first meeting to converse openly.

    Who motivated you the most during your first national tour?
    Shoaib Akhtar again, Misbah ul Haq and Younis Khan. The trio motivated me a lot when in field or off the field.

    How was coach Geoff Lawson? Did you get any useful advice from him during that short period before he was asked to leave?
    As I said, it was short tour we never had time even to practice. From the hotel room to ground, and from ground to hotel room that was the routine. And the only motivational words I received from him were prior to the opening up the innings.

    Did you ever face Shoaib Akhtar during nets or domestic cricket?

    Interestingly that was my Twenty20 debut in 2005 against Rawalpindi at LCCA [Lahore City Cricket Association Ground, Lahore] and Shoaib bhai[Brother] took five wickets, including mine, and we lost that match by 96 runs. I was caught at point for 13 runs.

    Was that a furious delivery?
    No, not at all, we actually had to chase a big target of 198 and I was to play to the situation smashing every delivery. So I did and lost my wicket.

    The most memorable inning you have played thus far?
    Well, that was against Lahore Lions during the recently RBS Twenty20 Cup. I made 85 off 54 with 14 fours and nearly stunned Lahore team that included the cream of national players but our team remained 2 runs short in its upset. But despite my fifty in Canada against Zimbabwe during my first international tour I do rate my 85 against Lions the highest one.

    Who is your favorite cricketer, batsman or a bowler?
    I am very impressed with India and Aussies batsmen. They all are incredible, but if you ask me to quote one name then I would say Younis Khan is an incredible cricketer. He has a great temperament, high spirits and a cheerful nature.

    How you started cricket and from where?
    I started cricket from school level [City School Quetta] when in matriculation just for the sake of enjoyment. Then I did not have any desire to be a professional cricketer or represent the country. But with time I got more involved in the game and joined a club after my matric exams, changed various clubs, but ended up with Quetta Titans.
    In 2003, the PCB organized a regional academy in Quetta and I was the part of that, which taught me what the actual cricket is all about. It also changed my vision towards the game. This is how it all happened.

    Who supported you up till now?
    To be very honest, nobody and whatever I am up till now is just because of my own hard work. I started my cricket haphazardly but learnt the real form of cricket in the regional academy. Whatever I have learned from Raj Anas, coach of regional academy, is still following until now. Actually, Quetta is not like Karachi and Lahore where one can easily show off his skills and learn cricket easily. We have no facilities, no grounds, no coaches and what we have to do is to just rely on what we have. I was the top scorer of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, which brought me to the fore for selection for the Canada Tour. I believe I was selected on merit as I scored a devastating 85 against Lahore Lions, which nearly sunk them.

    What about your family, did they support you?
    Since, I started cricket after matric and took is seriously not until I did my pre-engineering in intermediate. And as of my family, they identified my interest towards the game only after my intermediate and asked me to continue cricket.

    So, you quit your studies?
    No, not exactly, it has been paused after intermediate for cricket, since my debut in first class cricket I never got a full slot of time but I will continue. I am the only one who is a sportsman in the family otherwise my elder brother and sister are doctors and other are at least graduate. You can say that every third person in my family is a doctor.

    What is your favorite food?
    Every Chinese and local dish “Landhi”, is a whole lamb which is dried in shade for four months (November-February) and kept for the winters, it’s my all time favorite.

    One final question, do you believe you can return back in to the national squad?
    As, I said I was selected for the Canada Tour simply on merit and my performance during the ongoing Pentangular Cup is not an impressive one, but I believe I can make it again. I am positive and playing domestic cricket, it was surprising when I was not selected against Zimbabwe when more than eight players, I guess, were given a chance for international cricket. But I was positive and hopeful and finally got the nod for Canada.

  13. #13 by khansahab on January 2, 2009 - 8:30 PM

    Who was your favourite player when growing up and why?

    Mohammad Aamer: From the very start I was drawn to Wasim bhai because he was a match winner. He always stood out and looked a class apart. I’ve also had the chance to learn from him twice (so far) and each time it’s been an amazing experience.

    One of our members wanted to know if you’ve ever played cricket in Choha Khalsa?

    Mohammad Aamer: Yes I used to play tape ball cricket there

    How did touring England with the u19 team benefit you as a cricketer?

    Mohammad Aamer: The England tour was my second tour with the u19 team, the first tour was of Australia. We played them in 5 limited overs games, it was a very successful tour for me because I took 10 wickets and was the 2nd highest wicket taker on either side. The biggest benefit for me personally from the England tour was that I’d never played a 4 day game before so I learnt about bowling in the longer version of the game. I was one of the highest wicket takers on that tour too, so it was a great experience for me and I really enjoyed myself. The tour presented us with a chance to learn about the conditions, pitches and the weather in England. I got a lot of swing on the England tour and after hearing about the very correct techniques of English batsmen it felt like an achievement to take so many wickets, English batsmen certainly dont give up their wickets easily.

    What did you notice about the difference in playing conditions between Pakistan, Australia and England?

    Mohammad Aamer: The facilities at the grounds for both fans and players are great over there, everything is so much more professionally handled. There’s a big difference.

    I meant the way the pitch behaved, ie bounce, etc.

    Mohammad Aamer: From a bowlers perspective the wickets in England and Australia are very good, the whole world knows that their pitches are bowler friendly unlike back home in Pakistan. We were told that English players are always in position to play two shots, the cut and the pull. The best things about their pitches is that there is something in it for both batsmen and bowlers.

    You first came onto PP’s radar during the series in England when you were clocking close to 86mph at only 16 years old, do you consider yourself more of a swing bowler or a fast bowler?

    Mohammad Aamer: First and foremost I’m a fast bowler, that’s the way I’ve always seen myself. My aggression is that of a fast bowler.

    What’s the top speed that you’ve clocked?

    Mohammad Aamer: There isn’t always a speed gun there but I clocked 87mph in the T20 cup that just happened.

    Do you move the ball both ways and what about reverse swing?

    Mohammad Aamer: I can swing it in both ways with the new ball and then I can reverse swing with the old ball too.

    Tell us about a spell of bowling when you took wickets with reverse swing

    Mohammad Aamer: After lunch during the 4 day game on the England tour, I took wickets when the ball was reversing.

    Do you have a fast bowling mentor?

    Mohammad Aamer: During the last 3 months we’ve been at the NCA and getting regular help from Aaqib bhai. Wasim bhai was there as well.

    What advice did Wasim give you about your bowling? What to change and what to keep?

    Mohammad Aamer: I couldnt swing the new ball until Wasim bhai showed me how to do it, the other thing that he helped me with was proper use of the crease when bowling (to vary my length, etc).

    What has Aaqib helped you with?

    Mohammad Aamer: I’ve had a few recurring injury problems as I’ve already mentioned and Aaqib bhai worked with me to slightly modify my action to avoid my injuries from recurring.

    Not counting the international players, who is the fastest bowler on the Pakistan domestic circuit?

    Mohammad Aamer: I can’t think of anyone who is bowling faster than Sohail Khan, no-one appears to be hitting 150k or more.

    How about 145k?

    Mohammad Aamer: Well I’ve clocked 142k and Talha has clocked 143k, there’s nobody else that i know of who has been clocked at those speeds.

    We heard that Talha clocked 146k

    Mohammad Aamer: I cant confirm that, I’ve only seen him hit around 143k.

    You’re barely 18 years old, do you feel you’re ready for international cricket or would you like some time to hone your skills in first class cricket?

    Mohammad Aamer: No, I’m ready to play whenever they call me and Insha Allah I’ll be able to carry on performing at the international level like I have been in the domestic and at junior international level.

    So you dont feel that you could do with some more time getting forged in domestic cricket? Maybe another year?

    Mohammad Aamer: When you start playing at the first class level then you quickly mature as a cricketer, you learn far more at the International level than you can in domestic cricket. I feel that I’m ready to play for Pakistan.

    It seems that almost every time you’re in the news it’s in relation to another injury. What injuries have you had?

    Mohammad Aamer: I’ve had back injuries. I got two stress fractures when playing in England and because of that I sometimes miss a series or a tournament in order to not put too much stress and pressure on my back.

    We were really looking forward to watching you in the u19 WC, why were you unable to play?

    Mohammad Aamer: That wasnt due to an injury, I got the dengue virus.

    Other than the fractures in your back, have you had any other serious injuries?

    Mohammad Aamer: No, no other problems. Just my back.

    Have you been given an exercise plan or any sort of regime to help you strengthen your back muscles and avoid future injuries?

    Mohammad Aamer: Yes, they have given me strength exercises to do and a plan to follow.

    Who is the most difficult batsman you’ve ever faced.

    Mohammad Aamer: I’ve never thought of any batsman as a difficult batsman to face, not to me. That’s a negative way of thinking.

    Good answer. Has there been any batsman you’ve had difficulty in getting out?

    Mohammad Aamer: I cant think of anyone.

    ([aughs] Well that’s good to hear. In your opinion (excluding yourself) who’s the next big star for Pakistan?

    Mohammad Aamer: You can’t predict things like that, some players look a class apart at the junior and domestic levels but they fall apart when they play international cricket. At the highest level the successful players will be the ones who perform, whoever performs will be one of the stars of the future.

    Other than yourself which bowlers do you think we should watch out for?

    Mohammad Aamer: In bowling Talha’s name is being mentioned a lot alongside my own and he’s definitely one to watch.

    Can you tell us about Junaid Khan, is he a pace or swing bowler?

    Mohammad Aamer: He has a really good record in domestic cricket, he’s a medium pacer who swings the ball.

    Which batsmen do you think we should keep an eye on?

    Mohammad Aamer: Look out for Ahmad Shahzad and Umar Amin, they’re the ones to watch.

    What about Azhar Ali?

    Mohammad Aamer: He’s a really good batsman from Lahore, very good domestic performances.

    Over the last 4 years many fast bowlers have come into the limelight via the u19 route. Imran Ali Pasha, Jamshed Ahmed, Akhtar Ayub, etc but they were forgotten soon after their moments of glory. How do you intend to ensure that you arent another one of these forgotten sensations?

    Mohammad Aamer: The most important thing is to keep your fitness up, if you’re unfit then you cant give 100% and you wont be noticed. Attitude also has a lot to do with it, your future is in your own hands. If you work hard and always give 100% you’ll go far because Allah rewards those who help themselves. When you do get that chance in the Pakistan team, you have to grab it with both hands. You have to perform and get noticed because there’s another two waiting in line behind you to take that chance if you dont. There’s a lot of competition in the ranks these days, so when you get your chance you have to give 100%. If you look at the performance of the Pakistan u19 teams from the last few tournaments then you can see that players are being picked on their talent and not because of who they know or who they’re related to. This means that competition is tough and you have to take your opportunity when it comes.

    What’s your long term goal, where do you see yourself in a few years time?

    Mohammad Aamer: Pakistan will be playing quite a few series and tournaments in 2009, if I get a call up then I’m hoping that I’ll be able to perform and stake my claim for a regular spot in the team. But before that we have a first class tournament in January where I’ll be playing for the National Bank side, if I can get noticed by the selectors then it will help me in the future. So far I’ve only played one first class game so this tournament is a big deal for me, I want to show that I can perform at all levels and in all types of cricket. Most of the national team players will be taking part in this tournament and if I can take their wickets then it will prove that if I can take their wickets then I can take the wickets of other international players too. Taking big wickets like that gives you the confidence that if you can do it here then you can do it anywhere.

    After being the best bowler for the RBS T20 you didnt even get a call up for the Canada T20 tournament, how did that leave you feeling?

    Mohammad Aamer: It’s not as simple as that. When Pakistan play an international tour then they have to take our passports in advance in order to arrange the visas and permits we will need to play abroad. When they were collecting the passports for the Canada T20 I was touring Kenya/Zimbabwe and I’d become unfit. Because of that they didnt consider me. By the time I was playing in the RBS T20 the visas and permits had been approved for those who were going, the squad had already been announced and it wouldn’t have been easy to replace someone already in the squad with me.

    That makes sense, you bowled really well in the RBS T20.

    Mohammad Aamer: From my perspective it’s a good thing because my performance brought me to the attention of the selectors and that always helps. I didn’t take my non-selection for the Canada T20 badly because I knew the reasons behind it and I’m happy that my name is now under consideration.

    That’s a positive attitude and you should keep in mind that you’re barely 18 years old, the path to selection may even take another couple of years but it’s no reason to be dejected. Just use the extra time to hone your skills even more and Insha Allah you’ll get your just reward.

    Mohammad Aamer: Insha Allah I hope you’re right and thanks for the support.

    I heard u weren’t picked for the Pentangular Cup, why not?

    Mohammad Aamer: It’s not that I wasn’t picked, I was resting my back. Even now I’m not practising in order to rest my back and get it back to full strength.

    You keep mentioning your back, is this going to be a long term problem for you?

    Mohammad Aamer: You make your own long term and short term. I think it’s better at this stage for me to sit out for two months and heal my back properly than for me to play for these two months and sit out for the rest of my career because I didnt rest my back and let it heal.

    That’s brilliantly said, some of our more established bowlers could take advice from you about that. If they took time out of the game to reach full fitness and heal their injuries properly then they would last longer and have more consistent fitness records.

    Mohammad Aamer: I dont think it’s a good idea for a bowler to play for a few months with the help of pain killing injections and then spend the rest of the year out with a serious injury because of it.

    I love the attitude, we’re all hoping to see you get a chance with the senior side in 2009. Good luck for the future.

    Mohammad Aamer: Thank you.

  14. #14 by nasir on June 12, 2009 - 9:06 PM

    hi i am nasirhayat.i want to join pakistani crickrt team as a allrounder so explain me how i join pakistan cricket team ,send me email about the all process for joining cricket team.

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