PakPassion presents an Exclusive Interview with Basit Ali

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In an exclusive and extensive interview with PakPassion.net, Basit Ali, the former Pakistan Test cricketer, former national selector who helped pick the World T20 winning squad, and the outspoken critic of the PCB, talks about his cricket - the joy of the early days, the subsequent controversies, the players, the revolts, the successes and the failures.

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PakPassion.Net: Thank you for your time, Basit. We would like to start this interview by asking about your early years as a cricketer. Who were you most influenced and coached by, when you started playing the game?

Basit Ali: I had two great influences. The first was my elder brother, Wajid Ali, who always supported me and ensured I had whatever I needed – whether it was ensuring I had the right equipment, bat, cricket ball, pads, etc, or in picking and dropping me from cricket matches and practice. His support was invaluable.

The second influence was my coach Majeed bhai. He was the one who taught me the intricacies of the game. He wasn’t even a first-class cricketer, was a club cricketer; but he taught me things at Under-19 that even test players were not aware of.


PakPassion.Net: You played against the West Indies, batted against an attack that comprised Ambrose, Walsh and Bishop - three fearsome quicks. Which West Indian bowler was the toughest to face up to?

Basit Ali: When I was growing up, my one dream was to play with Javed bhai, and I was fortunate that this was achieved.

When I first toured the West Indies, Javed bhai gave me a 40 minutes practice session before the matches started, in Jamaica. As a result of that one practice session, I never felt difficulty when later batting against the West Indian fast bowlers – in fact, Ambrose was the easiest of the lot for me!

PakPassion.Net: What did this remarkable practice session entail?

Basit Ali: We used to practice batting to fast bouncers – so our normal practice would consist of Wasim and Waqar bowling bouncers at us. However, Javed bhai really changed the dynamic of this practice. He had bouncers bowl at me from just 8 yards on a concrete surface – with a wet cork ball. I wasn’t allowed to wear a helmet – could only wear gloves and pads. I was then instructed by Javed bhai to play each delivery in that practice session with my bat, in front of my ribs.

After facing up to that barrage of bouncers at extreme pace in practice, the match pace of the West Indian quicks looked tame in comparison!

Its because of things like this that I believe Miandad is the greatest cricketing tactician in the world, the greatest coaching brain around. Its a pity that Pakistan didn’t benefit from his acumen.


PakPassion.Net: We would like to ask you about the match fixing saga during the 1990s. What prompted you and Rashid Latif to take the extreme steps you took?

Basit Ali: We took the steps we took for the betterment of Pakistan cricket. We felt that perhaps we could drag our team and our players away from this addiction to match fixing. Unfortunately, we didn’t succeed.

PakPassion.Net: Did anyone attempt to dissuade you from your actions?

Basit Ali: The Board officials did try, but we did not accept their advice as we believed match-fixing to be harmful for the country.

PakPassion.Net: So there was no use, no benefit, of you taking the actions you took?

Basit Ali: The only benefit was that Saleem Malik was made a scapegoat and all others were let off scot-free.


PakPassion.Net: The whole team successfully revolted against Wasim Akram’s leadership in January 1994. However, Wasim was subsequently reinstated. What was his attitude to the players who had revolted against him once he was reappointed as captain in 1995?

Basit Ali: During the players’ revolt against Wasim Akram, I was his most vocal critic. So after he was reinstated as captain, he told me that he would forgive all the other players, but would never forgive me. My response was that I was in the team on merit, and as long as I had the capability, I would play in the team – I had never been a ‘sifarshi’ player anyway.

PakPassion.Net: So Wasim’s attitude towards the other players who had revolted against him was fine?

Basit Ali: Yes, eventually it was. To be fair, his attitude towards me was fine after some time too. You see, when someone is made the national captain, their main objective is to win matches, and in order to win matches, they need players who can fight for the team, players who are match-winners.

I was one such player, and Wasim needed such players. So as far as I know, he did let bygones be bygones between us, both on and off the field, and things are fine between the two of us. That is a good thing.


PakPassion.Net: You were made a national selector in 2009, and Pakistan performed well under that selection committee. So why did your tenure end?

Basit Ali: Very simply, because I am a straight-forward guy and would never allow any boy to be mistreated because of the whims of the Board. Nor am I a ‘yes-man’, the sort of guy who’d select anyone who is suggested by the Board Chairman or other Board official. Instead of listening to the Chairman, I would select players I had seen, players I knew, based on my own observation.

This was why I was sacked. In fact, when Pakistan won the Twenty20 World Cup in 2009, I was a batting consultant for the team for a week. This is not very well known.

PakPassion.Net: What was your experience as a selector like? Were you able to freely select players you wanted?

Basit Ali: Most people didn’t speak out in front of me, as they all know I’m a straight-forward guy. They might be able to do it in front of other guys, but not me.

I’ve always been like this – forthright and straight-forward, since my Under-19 days, all the way through my playing years in Tests and first-class, till now. The way I talk and express my opinions freely and honestly has not changed one bit. What hasn’t changed is that I will always speak out against injustice – doesn’t matter if the one committing the injustice is my own father, I will still speak out against it.

PakPassion.Net: As a selector, did you go to domestic matches to see the players in person?

Basit Ali: Yes, definitely. I would attend every match, in fact sometimes would be monitoring three matches at the same time!

PakPassion.Net: Did any other selectors do this as well?

Basit Ali: Saleem Jaffer is one selector who does go to the ground to see domestic cricket in person.


PakPassion.Net: So given your background and experience as a selector, who do you see as the upcoming stars of Pakistan cricket?

Basit Ali: I am a big fan of three players: Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Nazir and Shoaib Malik. These three guys have so many qualities that even they don’t realise it themselves. If only I had been given the opportunity to work with these three boys, with Allah’s help, I would have taken them to great cricketing heights.

PakPassion.Net: But all three of them have been given many chances and found wanting. Hafeez is a decent ODI bowler and fielder, but has a batting average of 18!

Basit Ali: Hafeez’s average of 18 would have been 58 if I had been coaching and managing his career to date. Whatever captains he had, they never allowed him to play the way he wanted to play, the captains always forced Hafeez and these other guys to play a certain way, never giving them a free rein, never allowing them to express themselves.

These players should be allowed to play the way they wanted to. The example I like to give is Sehwag – he plays the way he wants to and succeeds. If you tell Sehwag not to play any shots ever and just block, his average will become 18 too, like Hafeez.

Imran Nazir is not a player for 50 overs, he’s a player for 15 overs. It is exceedingly silly to use him to bat for 50 overs. He should be told to bat for 15 overs only. If he just bats for the first 15 overs, he can easily score 80 odd runs, and thus get the team to 150 in those 15 overs – job done.

PakPassion.Net: Imran Nazir has played cricket under many captains. He might be as talented as Sehwag but his achievements are quite poor – he takes risks on every ball he faces, and gets out.

Basit Ali: Sure, but it’s the captain who makes or breaks a player. In Cricket, it’s the captain who plays a key role in making a ‘hero player’ into a ‘zero player’. The example I like to give is Imran Khan – he took Saleem Yousuf from obscurity and made him into an opener. Saleem was a number 7 or 8 batsman, but the captain gave him the confidence and the backing to contribute at the top of the order.

These three guys are all talented but other than Younis, they never had a captain who could get the best out of them. It is their bad luck that they didn’t play most of their careers under Younis.


PakPassion.Net: Speaking of Younis, how do you see his role in Pakistan cricket going forward? Will he captain Pakistan ever again?

Basit Ali: Younis was the only true patriot amongst all these players. He’s not in it for the money alone - he plays for the glory of the country, to make the people of the country happy.

He fears and has hope in Allah, so what other people do cannot affect him. He doesn’t ask the people, he asks Allah. In my view, Younis Khan will definitely play for Pakistan again and mark my words, he will be captaining the Pakistan team against England this summer. The Board will be forced to make him the captain for that series – there is no other option. In particular, if the Twenty20 World Cup doesn’t go well, the Board will go through further huge upheavals.


PakPassion.Net: If you are offered by the PCB to become a batting coach, would you accept?

Basit Ali: With the current Board set-up, no way. This guy takes u-turns on every thing he says, he lies a lot – I cannot work with such people.

PakPassion.Net: Does Pakistan need a full-time batting coach, in your view?

Basit Ali: Absolutely! I have been asking for one for a full year! The Board doesn’t understand this – all they understand is how to help their own friends, giving cushy jobs as managers and coaches to their own, that’s it. So they have banned the four players just now – why just the players? Why not the team management too? Aaqib Javed, Intikhab Alam, etc were there too, but are not banned! In fact, Intikhab was made Director of the NCA, so he has been given another good job – why?

The PCB Chairman is in his place only because of his brother-in-law, Chaudhary Ahmed Mukhtar, the Defence Minister. No other reason – I am sure President Zardari doesn’t even know the Board Chairman!

PCB needs people like Mustafa Kamal – City Nazim, Karachi. In just four years, Mustafa Kamal achieved for Karachi what hadn’t been achieved in the previous 50 years.


PakPassion.Net: Talking of the bans on the players - why were Younis and Yousuf banned?

Basit Ali: These bans were an act of revenge by Yawar Saeed, former manager of the Pakistan cricket team. When Younis became captain, he wanted a management/coaching team of young people with him. Unfortunately, Ijaz Butt gave him elderly people, such as Yawar Saeed, and a rift started, leading to the bans now.

PakPassion.Net: Is it true that Younis and Yousuf argued and fought when Yousuf was dropped from one of the UAE ODIs in 2009?

Basit Ali: That’s absolutely untrue. Had there been any differences, any arguments, any fights, why would Yousuf have specifically called for Younis Khan’s inclusion in the team in Australia? Despite Yousuf’s requests, the PCB refused to select Younis for the Test series, and instead, wrongly sent him for the ODIs. Shows how much the PCB knows about cricket! They have no appreciation for the game – they make their decisions in their offices, don’t spend time in the grounds.


PakPassion.Net: Continuing with Younis – he’s a great Test player, averages 50 in that format. But hasn’t delivered to that extent in ODIs. Why’s that?

Basit Ali: Younis would have played better at ODIs had he come lower down the order. His position in ODIs isn’t one down, its at number 6. He doesn’t hit aerial shots, he cannot take advantage of the field restrictions, so shouldn’t be batting at 3, should be coming in lower down the order.

PakPassion.Net: Absolutely – we agree. So have you ever made this suggestion to Younis?

Basit Ali: No, I haven’t. This topic has never come up. In any case, how can I suggest this to him? He has played more Tests than I have, has played more ODIs than I have. I only had a brief international career, I am no major player – I cannot just go to him and suggest this to him as that wouldn’t be polite, but of course if he asks for my specific opinion, I will gladly tell him.

PakPassion.Net: But you were a big player in your days!

Basit Ali: Yaar, I am just 5' 10" - definitely not a "big" player! Had a relatively short career.

PakPassion.Net: You were compared to Javed Miandad when you first came on the scene.

Basit Ali: That was all politics – done in order to get rid of Miandad. I am not comparable to him.


PakPassion.Net: How do you see Waqar’s appointment as coach?

Basit Ali: Great decision to make Waqar the coach. Of course, wins and losses are in Allah’s hands so we shouldn’t be afraid of losing. But Waqar has the qualities that can really help our bowling. They’ve made Ijaz the batting coach, that’s another good move – I pray it works out and he delivers.

In fact, I would like to offer a suggestion to the PCB through PakPassion. There are two PCB employees at the NCA, two coaches, Shahid Aslam and Ali Zia, who are both very capable individuals. If the PCB utilises them more effectively, it will help our cricket. This is my free suggestion to Chairman Ijaz Butt – though to be honest, the PCB generally doesn’t listen to my suggestions!


PakPassion.Net: Why did Younis Khan leave the captaincy in 2009? Did the players revolt?

Basit Ali: The main reason was player politics. During and after that tour, a few players who did not even deserve to be in the team, guys like Salman Butt, were involved in team politics. Other guys involved were Misbah-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik.

People say this is “player power”. That’s not true - this is no player power, as these are average players. The real player power was in 1993, when we revolted against Wasim – that was when some very big names revolted.


PakPassion.Net: Could you please name a few young or upcoming players who are the future of Pakistan cricket?

Basit Ali: Number 1 is Umar Akmal. Umar Akmal is not just the future of Pakistan cricket, he is a future captain too.

Other players for the future are Babar Azam, Shehryar Ghani and finally, Faraz Ahmed – he’s a kid from Karachi, plays at the Under-15 level at the moment, but he will go on to be a leading player from Karachi one day.

PakPassion.Net: You mention Shehryar Ghani – he has a good domestic record, played well with the A team in Australia, but still overlooked by the national selectors.

Basit Ali: The problem is mindset. He thinks he’s already a Test cricketer – he feels he will automatically play for Pakistan. He hasn’t played yet, but he still acts like he has i.e. he has become complacent and is taking it easy. This attitude is holding him back, plus there’s no one around to guide him.


PakPassion.Net: Any bowlers? Guys who haven’t been selected for Pakistan yet?

Basit Ali: Abdul Qadir’s son, Usman Qadir. He will play for Pakistan. Hammad Azam is a good all-rounder too.

PakPassion.Net: Any fast bowlers?

Basit Ali: I have not come across any.

PakPassion.Net: What do you think of Aizaz Cheema?

Basit Ali: He’s an average bowler.

PakPassion.Net: What’s your opinion of Sami? He has the pace but has never produced the goods.

Basit Ali: Sami’s bowling really well these days – in fact, he has never bowled as well as this for the Pakistan team.

PakPassion.Net: He’s still inconsistent though, was good but also a bit wayward during this year’s domestic matches?

Basit Ali: He’s bowling better than he ever has. He should have played in the ODIs in Australia.

PakPassion.Net: How do you rate Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Talha?

Basit Ali: Both are average bowlers.

PakPassion.Net: Do you see any good upcoming fast bowlers?

Basit Ali: None at the moment – let’s see if someone comes up in the future. Talha and Wahab have never played for Pakistan, but they both believe they will play for Pakistan, they have become complacent, and that’s adversely affected their performance.

PakPassion.Net: Let’s talk about young batsmen – there are two guys who are promising, Umar Amin and Naveed Yasin. Would you agree?

Basit Ali: Naveed Yasin is a good player. If Umar Amin remains focused on cricket, he can develop into a good player too. Our problem is that youngsters lose focus and their performance deteriorates.


PakPassion.Net: Looking forward to the Twenty20 World Cup this year, what are your views on the team selected?

Basit Ali: Salman Butt’s selection for this year’s tournament is bizarre, given that he’s not a Twenty20 player.

PakPassion.Net: What about Khalid Latif? Another poor selection?

Basit Ali: Khalid Latif might turn out to be a good selection in this format only, as he might click on the slow paced wickets of the West Indies.

This tournament in the West Indies is not going to see too many scores of 200+, and would be a relatively low-scoring tournament.


PakPassion.Net: Our last question is about your record as a cricketer. You did well in ODIs, but your Test record, relative to our high expectations from you as fans, is not that impressive. Why was that?

Basit Ali: I was sent lower down the order in Tests. Ijaz Ahmed was selected for the Test team, and as a result, I was pushed down. My average would have been much higher had I batted at 4 or 5, but they pushed me down to 6.

In order to get rid of Miandad, I was called the next Miandad – so that the real Miandad could be axed. It was said I’d bat at Miandad’s spot, i.e. at 4.

But this was all politics – I wasn’t even a fraction of the player that Miandad was. I barely reach his feet as a batsman! I was compared to him so they could axe him, and once that was done, I was made to bat at 6.


PakPassion.Net: Rashid Latif is doing some good work through his academy. What are your thoughts on him?

Basit Ali: Rashid Latif is a true, selfless servant of Pakistan cricket. We are the two people who want to selflessly work for Pakistan cricket. This is what we have learnt, that we should work for the country, work for a cause and not just for our own selves.

In my view, Rashid should be made the Chairman of the PCB.



PakPassion.Net: Thank you for your time.

Basit Ali: Thank you.
 

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Great insight but he does use the words 'Me' and 'I' a lot

e.g ''If only I had been given the opportunity to work with these three boys, with Allah’s help, I would have taken them to great cricketing heights.''

''Hafeez’s average of 18 would have been 58 if I had been coaching and managing his career to date.''

''During the players’ revolt against Wasim Akram, I was his most vocal critic. So after he was reinstated as captain, he told me that he would forgive all the other players, but would never forgive me. My response was that I was in the team on merit, and as long as I had the capability, I would play in the team – I had never been a ‘sifarshi’ player anyway.''

''Most people didn’t speak out in front of me, as they all know I’m a straight-forward guy. They might be able to do it in front of other guys, but not me.

I’ve always been like this – forthright and straight-forward, since my Under-19 days, all the way through my playing years in Tests and first-class, till now. The way I talk and express my opinions freely and honestly has not changed one bit. What hasn’t changed is that I will always speak out against injustice – doesn’t matter if the one committing the injustice is my own father, I will still speak out against it.''


'' Very simply, because I am a straight-forward guy and would never allow any boy to be mistreated because of the whims of the Board. Nor am I a ‘yes-man’, the sort of guy who’d select anyone who is suggested by the Board Chairman or other Board official. Instead of listening to the Chairman, I would select players I had seen, players I knew, based on my own observation.

This was why I was sacked. In fact, when Pakistan won the Twenty20 World Cup in 2009, I was a batting consultant for the team for a week. This is not very well known.''



Doesnt sound very humble and to dismiss Riaz,Talha and Cheema as average bowlers is simply disgusting.A bit too opinionated and biased at times but some good insight into the workings of the PCB.
 
antoniorivas1974 said:
however he was backing mostly karachi based players
Pls don't start karachi Lahore thing again....three players that he really like from the current lot are Shoaib Malik, Imran Nazir and Mohammed Hafeez and none of them are from karachi.

I don't agree with some of his points but still overall a great interview.
 
antoniorivas1974 said:
however he was backing mostly karachi based players
Oh for goodness sake dont you racist conspiracy theorists give it a rest ?
 
I have to admit the interview was vey interesting.

However, Javed bhai really changed the dynamic of this practice. He had bouncers bowl at me from just 8 yards on a concrete surface – with a wet cork ball. I wasn’t allowed to wear a helmet – could only wear gloves and pads.

Miandad was definately crazy. :))

But ofcourse everyone agrees that he was tactically a very sharp mind.

We took the steps we took for the betterment of Pakistan cricket. We felt that perhaps we could drag our team and our players away from this addiction to match fixing. Unfortunately, we didn’t succeed.

Very simply, because I am a straight-forward guy and would never allow any boy to be mistreated because of the whims of the Board. Nor am I a ‘yes-man’, the sort of guy who’d select anyone who is suggested by the Board Chairman or other Board official. Instead of listening to the Chairman, I would select players I had seen, players I knew, based on my own observation.

I would attend every match, in fact sometimes would be monitoring three matches at the same time!

I read the above and I begin to like the guy even respect him.

Then unfortunately comes the part about Hafiz, Nazir and Malik. :14:

Overall, the guy had some interesting things to say.

I guess all the decent cricket minds we have in Pakistan are prone to severe brain farts. Abdul Qadir, Aamir Sohail, Basit Ali at times seem like thier in the know and the next minute they sound completely out of the loop.

But atleast I found a few things in the interview that actually made me agree with Basit. First time for everything I guess. :))
 
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Nice interview and some good insight.
 
At least he is opionionated and has reason to be. Not just some loser who looks at the paper and gives soem great insight. Its a shame PCB have alienated the most honest people from their board Rashid, Basit, Younis..etc.
 
pakmania said:
Great insight but he does use the words 'Me' and 'I' a lot

e.g ''If only I had been given the opportunity to work with these three boys, with Allah’s help, I would have taken them to great cricketing heights.''

''Hafeez’s average of 18 would have been 58 if I had been coaching and managing his career to date.''

''During the players’ revolt against Wasim Akram, I was his most vocal critic. So after he was reinstated as captain, he told me that he would forgive all the other players, but would never forgive me. My response was that I was in the team on merit, and as long as I had the capability, I would play in the team – I had never been a ‘sifarshi’ player anyway.''

''Most people didn’t speak out in front of me, as they all know I’m a straight-forward guy. They might be able to do it in front of other guys, but not me.

I’ve always been like this – forthright and straight-forward, since my Under-19 days, all the way through my playing years in Tests and first-class, till now. The way I talk and express my opinions freely and honestly has not changed one bit. What hasn’t changed is that I will always speak out against injustice – doesn’t matter if the one committing the injustice is my own father, I will still speak out against it.''


'' Very simply, because I am a straight-forward guy and would never allow any boy to be mistreated because of the whims of the Board. Nor am I a ‘yes-man’, the sort of guy who’d select anyone who is suggested by the Board Chairman or other Board official. Instead of listening to the Chairman, I would select players I had seen, players I knew, based on my own observation.

This was why I was sacked. In fact, when Pakistan won the Twenty20 World Cup in 2009, I was a batting consultant for the team for a week. This is not very well known.''



Doesnt sound very humble and to dismiss Riaz,Talha and Cheema as average bowlers is simply disgusting.A bit too opinionated and biased at times but some good insight into the workings of the PCB.

agreed, sounds more like a man wronged than a bloke who really means well for Pakistan cricket...I asked this simple question before, but got no answer:

why did his Selection Comittee select Salman Butt for 2009 when everyone knows that he is not a T20 player since WC 2007?
 
Ahmed Zulfiqar said:
agreed, sounds more like a man wronged than a bloke who really means well for Pakistan cricket...I asked this simple question before, but got no answer:

why did his Selection Comittee select Salman Butt for 2009 when everyone knows that he is not a T20 player since WC 2007?[/QUOTE]

Is he the only one who makes the decision? he was a selector not the CHIEF selector and by the way it was 09 where he was selector and salman was picked in the team
 
sehsan said:
Ahmed Zulfiqar said:
agreed, sounds more like a man wronged than a bloke who really means well for Pakistan cricket...I asked this simple question before, but got no answer:

why did his Selection Comittee select Salman Butt for 2009 when everyone knows that he is not a T20 player since WC 2007?[/QUOTE]

Is he the only one who makes the decision? he was a selector not the CHIEF selector and by the way it was 09 where he was selector and salman was picked in the team

yes, that's what I said, why did they take him to England in 2009 when it was clear since 2007 that he is not made for T20 cricket? and IIRC it was a 3 man Selection Committee during his tenure, not the 11-12 member body that we have now.
 
Awesome Interview and i agree with his last comment, Rashid Latif should be made Chairman of PCB
 
Amir said:
At least he is opionionated and has reason to be. Not just some loser who looks at the paper and gives soem great insight. Its a shame PCB have alienated the most honest people from their board Rashid, Basit, Younis..etc.
Isnt that what most ex-cricketers do ? Shout from the sidelines nitpicking ?
Look at Rashid Latif,he sets up cricket academies and isnt one of the angry mob i.e Sarfraz,Basit

Sometimes his opinions are not simply 'opinionated',they can be downright annoying and full of crap.
What has he done to become such an angel ? Has he even set up cricket academies,invested in cricket,offered his services to help out despite all the crap Ijaz Butt spews like people such as Rashid and Waqar ? He's simply an angry person gunning for vengeance.
 
good interview, one of then better ones at the PP.

he speaks straight, thats a good thing. i think we can surely give up talha and wahab.
 
Ahmed Zulfiqar said:
agreed, sounds more like a man wronged than a bloke who really means well for Pakistan cricket...I asked this simple question before, but got no answer:

why did his Selection Comittee select Salman Butt for 2009 when everyone knows that he is not a T20 player since WC 2007?

BTW do you respect any of the ex cricketers?
 
Good, frank interview. One of the few straight talkers in Pakistan cricket. No beating about the bush from him.
 
RumiNYC said:
Lol all the first bowler is average in his eyes.

He is absolutely right, Wahab and talha and even cheema looks very ordinary.
 
sehsan said:
He is absolutely right, Wahab and talha and even cheema looks very ordinary.

Talha has time on his side. Although the lad can't even figure out what action he wants to bowl.

I don't know much about Cheema.

As for Wahab I don't expect him to World class. I just think he could be a decent first change and/or even back up bowler.
 
muhammad saad said:
BTW do you respect any of the ex cricketers?

most certainly...why, not liking your favorite equates to not respecting all of them?
 
I love this guy honesty and he's very frank. But straight-forwardness never works. Especially with desi peoples.
 
Great interview:

His love for Younis is a bit ott though. First it was his defence of YK when Younis dragged that fan into the dressing room for a 'chat' and now lines like this:

Basit Ali: Younis was the only true patriot amongst all these players. He’s not in it for the money alone - he plays for the glory of the country, to make the people of the country happy.

This is pretty insulting to ever other player who has represented Pakistan over the past 12 months.
 
yep gotta echo teh sentiments already said, that Basit comes across very much as a straight talking kind of guy

i don't begrudge him bigging up his actions, he's defintaley humble when it comes to his own abilities as a cricketer.

never really saw much of his game, but did hear great things. There definately was a stir that he was the next big thing. Very interesting his view on teh whole getting rid of Miandad saga, cos he is a Javed fanboy

I kind of wished we'd asked him more about what he thought Javed is contributing to Pak cricket these days.
 
KA$H said:
I kind of wished we'd asked him more about what he thought Javed is contributing to Pak cricket these days.
There's always a next time :)

The point with these interviews is that we do not get endless time with the interviewee - there are always more questions than time, and sometimes the answers do ramble on for quite a bit in the original Urdu.

Hence, we might not be able to ask every question in the book, but we attempt to ask most of the important ones.
 
Great job Shehryark!

Basit was a very good batsman and most importantly it seems like that he is even better as a person.
 
Cricket_MN said:
Great job Shehryark!
I merely translated and wrote it up, the interview was done by Sehsan - so its him you should be commending and thanking :)
 
Wow, what a comprehensive and in depth interview.

Thanks to Basit for his time, Shehryar K for all his hard work in typing up the interview and to Sehsan for doing the interview.

So much stuff to discuss, where do I begin. One comment that stood out for me was the one about Ambrose " As a result of that one practice session, I never felt difficulty when later batting against the West Indian fast bowlers – in fact, Ambrose was the easiest of the lot for me"!

Not many players who have ever played the game can say the aforementioned.

Lets get one thing clear also, Basit is in no way pro Karachi or anti Lahore. He generally states his opinions based on a players cricketing talents, rather than where he is from.
 
ShehryarK[B said:
]I merely translated and wrote it up[/B], the interview was done by Sehsan - so its him you should be commending and thanking :)

and that is a very tough job which you have been doing very well. Thank you for doing this.

I must said, Basit is a great person to talk to. He is very down to earth and speaks openly.
 
One of the most interesting interviews ever on PP, in my opinion.
 
ShehryarK said:
I merely translated and wrote it up, the interview was done by Sehsan - so its him you should be commending and thanking :)
You both (Sehsan & ShehryarK) did a very good job.
 
Interesting read.

He has lots of self boasting egos, but his assessments on upcoming bowlers & batsmen wasn’t that wrong. But, the comments on Hafeez probably sums up the man.
 
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