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'As you get older, you come to appreciate the tough times'

Jul 25, 2014: Jimmy Adams talks about the West Indian love for fast bowling, batting with Lara, and living a dream for nine years

Interview by Scott Oliver

'When you are offered the captaincy of Australia you don't decline it'

Jul 11, 2014: Seventy-nine-year-old Ian Craig talks about being the youngest Australian to play Tests, the "next Bradman" tag, and how Jeff Thomson caused him to retire young

Interview by Ken Piesse

'People might not remember me if not for the underarm'

Jun 9, 2014: The youngest of the Chappell brothers talks about growing up in a cricketing household, how baseball and football helped his fielding, and coaching youngsters

Interview by Vishal Dikshit

'I had absolute belief that I'd play for Australia'

May 15, 2014: Jason Gillespie talks about the awe he felt in his early days in the Australian dressing room, his double-hundred, and breaking his leg in Kandy

Interview by Scott Oliver

Dickie Bird

'Umpiring is done by machines these days'

Apr 30, 2014: Back in Dickie Bird's day the officials got respect and gave it. One of cricket's iconic umpires looks back

Interview by Jack Wilson

'I left the ground, had a toenail removed, and came back to celebrate'

Apr 9, 2014: Heath Streak talks about starring in Zimbabwe's first Test win, his mixed feelings about captaincy, and heartbreak in Port-of-Spain

Interview by Scott Oliver

Dean Headley

'It burnt to be told I didn't have the heart to play as a bowler'

Mar 18, 2014: Former fast bowler Dean Headley recalls good and bad days with England, his heritage, and the time he bounced Allan Donald and lived to tell the tale

Interview by Scott Oliver

Bob Taylor

'I didn't ever break a finger, but now they're a bit crooked'

Feb 26, 2014: Bob Taylor, who spent many years as an understudy to Alan Knott, talks about finally getting his chance, stumping Miandad, and keeping at Lord's aged 45

Interview by Scott Oliver

Eddie Hemmings

'I never ever worried about getting hit for six'

Jan 29, 2014: Former England spinner Eddie Hemmings recalls how he began to bowl offies, Kapil's sixes at Lord's, bowling on green wickets, and rooming with another snorer

Interview by Scott Oliver

Gavin Larsen

'You know you're cracking up when people applaud you in an airport'

Jan 17, 2014: Gavin Larsen, part of the team organising the 2015 World Cup in New Zealand, reflects on medium-pacers, Crowe's tactics, and that 1992 semi-final

Interview by Andrew McGlashan

Chris Old

'Sometimes I became my own worst enemy'

Dec 13, 2013: Former England fast bowler Chris Old talks about Brearley's captaincy, run-ins with Boycott, and the miracle of Headingley '81

Interview by Scott Oliver

Peter Lever

'If I could do it all again, I'd gamble more'

Nov 15, 2013: Peter Lever talks about facing Thommo, nearly killing Chatfield, and the time he refused to bowl upwind

Interview by Scott Oliver

Haroon Rasheed

'I can take credit for the discovery of Afridi'

Nov 1, 2013: Former Pakistan batsman Haroon Rasheed talks about taking on the might of Australia and West Indies, discovering a teenage sensation, and surviving an attack by a gunman

Interview by Ijaz Chaudhry

Syed Kirmani

'I excelled without knowing what wicketkeeping was all about'

Sep 30, 2013: Syed Kirmani on being a self-taught wicketkeeper, 1983, and his peers

Interview by Vishal Dikshit

Peter Pollock

'Successful sportsmen are wired to think they can do the job'

Sep 5, 2013: Peter Pollock talks about playing on the back lawn with his brother, South Africa's isolation from international sport, and a sweet victory at Trent Bridge

Interview by Sidharth Monga

Intikhab Alam

'To become a good wristspinner, you need patience and practice'

Aug 16, 2013: Former Pakistan leggie Intikhab Alam, who coached the national team to victory in the 1992 World Cup, looks back at the highs and lows of his career

Interview by Ijaz Chaudhry

Ray Price

'You've got to pick yourself up and get on with it'

Aug 3, 2013: Ray Price on sitting between Tendulkar and Symonds at the IPL, Hayden's 380, and Zimbabwe's 1999 World Cup team

Interview by Liam Brickhill

Derek Randall

'You've got to entertain the crowd'

Jul 23, 2013: Derek Randall talks about the Centenary Test, playing with Garry Sobers, and his love for Nottinghamshire

Interview by Scott Oliver

Brian Booth

'I was fortunate to be able to play two sports'

Jul 1, 2013: Brian Booth talks about playing cricket and hockey at the top level, facing Charlie Griffith, and the time Richie Benaud bowled Peter May around his legs

Interview by Ken Piesse

Habibul Bashar

'Playing for Bangladesh is the best thing that happened to me'

Jun 17, 2013: Habibul Bashar was in the side (though he nearly wasn't) when Bangladesh played their first Test, and for many of the other high and low points in their cricket history

Interview by Mohammad Isam
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