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On the plus side, Pakistan won their first ever ICC T20 World Cup in 2009, reached the semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 and Misbah-ul-Haq was appointed as the team's Captain in tests, and later on in all formats. This is what happened when Basir spoke to the former chairman:]]>
Mr Khan, who represents the players who have been accused, has spoken to all three players and they vigorously deny any wrong doing. "I have spoken to all three players over the past day and all three are shocked to see such ludicrous claims by Minhaz Uddin Khan, the Dhaka Gladiators media manager". said Mr Khan on behalf of the players.
He also said that all three players are on the verge of taking legal proceedings as the accusations could have an effect in their careers and private lives. He added, "All three players have given the go-ahead to proceed to taking Mr Khan to court in this regard. I will be going to Bangladesh in due course to take up this option. The players believe that such accusations could have a lasting effect on their images in the game".
The allegations by Mr Minhaz Uddin Khan were made by him to an undercover sting operation by India TV. They also alleged six umpires of doing match fixing - something that all officials have denied.
Nephew of Pakistani legend, Inzamam-ul-Haq, is highly thought of within Pakistani ranks. His rise to prominence has been quick, despite only playing Under-19 level this year. Playing at number 3, Imam started his World Cup with a disappointing 25; though he is confident that he can go on and achieve big.
Imran Asghar (IA): Salaam Imam, thanks for taking the time out to speak to us during such a prestigious time for you.
Imam-ul-Haq (IuH): No problems Imran bhai. It's my pleasure to be speaking to you.
IA: Tell us about your young but fledging career?
IuH: I started playing cricket and took great interest in the game. I kept playing cricket with passion and just concentrated on enjoying playing. Then this year I got a chance in PIA's Under-19 team and performed really well. My performances started to get noticed and people started to say I will get picked for the South Africa series. That never materialised, but Allah knows best for one and it might have been beneficial to my career in the end. I carried on my good form and then was selected for the Asia Cup. Then I debuted against India and scored 88. The next two games I also made half centuries. We have had 3 practise games recently and I performed too. I am now representing my country in the World Cup.]]>
KheloPakistan.com (KP): Tell us about your upbringing and how you started off in cricket?
Mohammad Nawaz (MN): I come from a simple upbringing. My parents were always very adamant that I concentrate on my studies. As you know every kid in Pakistan starts playing in the streets and I was no different. What started as a mere hobby, progressed further. I started to play for the school and started to take my game more seriously.
KheloPakistan.com was introduced to Mudassar by Sunny Sheikh, who is a Holland based Pakistan cricket analyst; our heartfelt appreciation to him.
Imran Asghar: First of all would like to thank you for your time, Mudassar. Where and where did your interest in cricket come from?
Mudassar Bukhari: I was born in Pakistan. Naturally every kid in Pakistan follows cricket and plays it in the streets. I used to play tape ball cricket back home in Pakistan.
IA: Who was your cricketing inspiration as a young person growing up?
MB: I was in Pakistan and when you play tape ball cricket you look to hit sixes. So when you talk of sixes it has to be Afridi.
IA: Is the standard of cricket within the non-Test playing nations improving?
MB: Yes definitely. The ICC is helping them a lot and have designed programs. These programs have helped the cricket in Netherlands very much. This has allowed us to play more cricket and also against better opposition. Right now playing the CB40 is helping, the quality and standard is good.
An exclusive interview of Former Pakistani captain and wicket keeper Rashid Latif conducted by Farhan Nisar for KheloPakistan in Lahore. Part one was posted a week ago .Rashid spoke openly about his career and all his experiences around cricket, including match-fixing. Here is Part two of the eagerly awaited converstaion.
FN: But what were the reasons that compelled you to sacrifice your career at 25, 26 years of age?
RL: I just told you cricket is my passion. If it was a profession for me I wouldn’t have taken the decision to retire. Cricket is a gentleman’s game, it shouldn’t be plagued with fixing but it is happening nowadays. Every team is doing it and nothing is being done to eradicate it. It is a very diverse topic and a lot can be discussed on this but now I have enough idea to tell by watching a cricket or a football match on TV if the match is fixed or not.
FN: You later agreed to play with the same batch of players who were present in the team when you took retirement? Why?
RL: Whenever I came back in the team, I had the cricket board’s backing. Those players shouldn’t have played with me. If I was wrong then they shouldn’t have played with me but all of them did. All those things had happened in front of my eyes since 1993 and that is why none of the players pointed a finger at me. They knew I had spoken the truth and that all of this had happened in front of my eyes.
Exclusive interview of Former Pakistani captain and wicket keeper Rashid Latif conducted by Farhan Nisar for KheloPakistan in Lahore. Rashid spoke openly about his career and all his experiences around cricket. Widely regarded as one of Pakistan's greatest keepers ever, Rashid played 37 Test matches for Pakistan which included 130 dismissals. Also a veteran of 166 ODI's, he helped himself to well over 200 dismissals in the 50 over format.
Farhan Nisar (FN): Wicket-keeping is called a thankless job. Do you agree?
Rashid Latif (RL): I don’t agree to this because wicketkeeper acts as a team’s backbone. But it’s a fact that a wicketkeeper’s mistake gets caught too easily. On the other hand, if a keeper scores 40, 50 runs it causes considerable damage to the opposition.
FN: Why did you take up wicket-keeping specifically as a career?
RL: It wasn’t in my hands because I had been wicket-keeping since childhood and so had little choice. I just had to do wicket-keeping, Allah had gifted me with a talent and it was my wish to entertain people with it.
FN: Who was your wicket-keeping idol or inspiration?
RL: Wicket-keeping was my ultimate passion. Jeff Dujon was my wicket-keeping idol and I used to emulate him. Other than that I played alongside Saleem Yousaf for Customs and he helped me a lot too.
Ehsan can be described as a confident young man that aspires to reach the very top. He hopes to emulate the long list of great Pakistani Fast bowlers and becoming a household name. In the meantime he is now preparing for the Junior Asia Cup after making the World Cup probable list.
KheloPakistan.com (KP): Salaam Ehsan, Thank you for taking time out to talk to KheloPakistan.com. When did you start to get an interest in cricket?
Ehsan Adil (EA): W/Salaam, It’s my pleasure. I first took an interest in cricket at the age of four. Ever since then I always aspired to play cricket.
KP: How was your parental support? Traditionally Pakistani parents will push their child into education.
EA: My parents supported me fully. Though like any other parents they wanted me to study well, they also backed me to play cricket.
KP: What is your average bowling speed? And what is your main weapon as a bowler, Ehsan?
EA: I bowl consistently at around the 135 mark and the out –swinging ball is my best delivery.
KP: Recently you represented Faislabad Wolves in 50 over games. You played 5 games, how was the domestic experience?
EA: It was my first time to play with senior cricketers. It was an wonderful experience and thought me a lot. The fact that as a youngster I was playing with less pressure made it enjoyable. Though now obviously I want to play at that level on a regular basis.