Kamran Abbasi

FEBRUARY 13, 2013

Big Bird II must fly

For anybody thinking the only way is up for Pakistan in this Test series, think again. Misbah-ul Haq's team was competitive in two innings in Johannesburg, which leaves plenty of room for improvement and an equal amount for deterioration
Mohammad Irfan troubled the Indian batsmen on their home turf © BCCI
JANUARY 31, 2013

Batsmen in a fight for respect

At the beginning of Misbah's reign, Pakistan drew a series against South Africa. Expectations were low, and the dead wickets of the Emirates helped, but Pakistan seemed ripe for humiliation
JANUARY 03, 2013

New bowlers' game is made for Pakistan

A motorised parade of great heroes of India's past, including Wasim Akram, failed to inspire heroes of India's present and future to overcome Pakistan's competitive, albeit faltering, total of 250 runs
DECEMBER 24, 2012

We need a longer season of cricket goodwill

It is the season of goodwill. Pakistan's cricketers are in India to restart the healing process for fractured political relationships.
DECEMBER 06, 2012

Why Sachin and Shahid should let the curtain fall

What do you do when the magic dies? When eyes, slower in reaching focus, and hands and body, sluggish in finding shapes and arcs, betray you?
OCTOBER 08, 2012

India and Pakistan: A system failure

We're a funny bunch. Some of us can't bat; the rest of us can't bowl. We're separated by a line drawn in deserts, fields and mountains; a line that doesn't separate race, caste or religion, which many innocents presume to be its purpose
OCTOBER 01, 2012

Pakistan lose bottle for Kohli's vintage

The heat was high in Colombo but Pakistan froze. In a game in which they had too less to lose, and India started poorly, Pakistan were never relaxed
SEPTEMBER 28, 2012

Umars come of age

South Africa succumbed to spin but they also succumbed to two Umars who came of age
SEPTEMBER 26, 2012

Paradoxical Pakistan are an emerging threat

If it is a rare pleasure for Pakistan to thank their batsmen for a victory, twice in a row is a luxury. Bowlers win matches for Pakistan, batsmen sometimes save them
SEPTEMBER 13, 2012

An instinct for T20

The world is not enough for some cricketers who crave the riches of mercenary T20 tournaments. But the World T20 about to unfold in Sri Lanka is the competition to win
SEPTEMBER 04, 2012

Ajmal, master of a loser's game

Australia won a skirmish in the desert but one player dominated despatches. He was the leading wicket taker in the ODI series, with an average typical of school cricket
AUGUST 22, 2012

Pakistan's unexpected fourth

South Africa's deserved rise to No.1 in Test cricket offered the world a lingering view of the new Test rankings. The top three were as expected, vanquished England sitting above Australia
JULY 12, 2012

A defeat tinged with optimism

Any match is merely a stepping stone on the long and winding road to the summit of international cricket
JUNE 20, 2012

Why Afridi is right to call for new blood

We have been here before, I hear you say; Shahid Afridi , Pakistan's maverick hero, pondering another retirement , this time from the 50-overs version of international cricket
MAY 14, 2012

Professor takes the T20 chair

Mohammad Hafeez, professor of the Pakistan cricket team, has now also become its Twenty20 captain
APRIL 20, 2012

Flogged, beaten, dead

We await with trepidation any further attempt to resurrect Bangladesh's tour of Pakistan. What do you do with a horse that has been flogged, beaten, and is already dead?
APRIL 06, 2012

The opportunity in a Pakistan Premier League

Rumours of the death of Pakistan cricket, it seems, have been greatly exaggerated. If flowers can bloom in the desert, Pakistan cricket can thrive without the security glare of home internationals
MARCH 27, 2012

No victory too small

The Asia Cup hasn't always been memorable but this year's edition is finding it hard to go away. Pakistan won the cup, Bangladesh won hearts, and Sachin Tendulkar won back his poise thanks to a landmark hundred
FEBRUARY 27, 2012

The limit of Misbah's miracle

Sometimes it is hard to make sense of defeat. On the brink of rescuing some dignity from the limited-overs half of England's tour, Pakistan threw away any hope of redemption
FEBRUARY 22, 2012

Opportunity in lifeless surrender

Pakistan's splendid over-achievement in the Test series preceded lifeless surrender in the one-day sequel

Kamran Abbasi
Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He was the first Asian columnist for Wisden Cricket Monthly and Kamran is the international editor of the British Medical Journal. @KamranAbbasi

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