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AUGUST 27, 2014

All hail the new, macho Fawad Alam

He had phenomenal numbers before he sprouted luxuriant facial hair, but it seems Pakistanis have started to take him seriously only now
Fawad Alam: alpha male © AFP
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AUGUST 12, 2014

Is Pakistan's slow approach now holding them back?

Under Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan have had a lot of success when they have batted for time and strangled teams with spin. But they may need a different tactic now
JULY 21, 2014

No home advantage in World Cups

A small pool of teams could be an important reason why only one team has lifted the trophy in front of its home crowd
JUNE 25, 2014

Sport's what you make of it

The beauty of sport is that it can take on a variety of meanings, depending on where you stand
JUNE 03, 2014

Isn't it time Pakistanis were in the IPL?

There were reasons for why the two countries stopped playing each other, but they aren't all that valid anymore
MAY 19, 2014

Pakistan's Game of Thrones characters

Aren't there resemblances between the hit fantasy show and an unpredictable, thrilling cricket team?
APRIL 27, 2014

An alternative definition for the spirit of cricket

It's the game's ability to provide struggling societies with a sense of national identity and belief
APRIL 08, 2014

Why T20 is about cricket's natural evolution

The shortest format is but a logical extension of cricket's bias towards batsmen, and our changing ideas about time
MARCH 23, 2014

Brash youngsters or scapegoats?

It's easy to blame some of Pakistan's young batsmen for their brash approach but how about singling out the underperforming senior players instead?
MARCH 12, 2014

Sealed with a six

Shahid Afridi's recent Mirpur heroics added a new chapter to the tradition of climactic final-over finishes in games between India and Pakistan
FEBRUARY 26, 2014

Steyn's heady concoction

He has just about every weapon a fast bowler needs but he also possesses an irresistible aesthetic perfection
FEBRUARY 11, 2014

Pity the poor young English cricket fan

For those who grew up watching a team that always had Kevin Pietersen in it, his departure marks the end of an era
JANUARY 24, 2014

The beauty of the maghrib chase

The Sharjah chase took you back to the days of playing street cricket and wanting to complete a game before the sun set
JANUARY 14, 2014

Australia's Ashes win: a blast from the past

The 5-0 result was the ultimate validation of the impulse towards an idealised notion of Australian cricket
DECEMBER 31, 2013

Is Misbah one of Pakistan's best captains?

If you go by the numbers of wins and individual performances while in charge, he hasn't done too badly
DECEMBER 13, 2013

Why Mitchell Johnson fails the hipster test

He may be all the rage but to a hipster-connoisseur of fast bowling, he's not quite the real deal
NOVEMBER 25, 2013

Two more to Pakistan's fast bowling tally

It's too early to anoint Bilawal Bhatti and Anwar Ali as the next big things, but it's great to watch them send stumps flying and batsmen hopping
NOVEMBER 16, 2013

Sachin mania: it's about religion

Like saints were revered and worshipped by people of various faiths, Tendulkar transcends differences and brings his devotees closer to the divine
NOVEMBER 01, 2013

The existential dread of the Pakistani fan

Pakistani fans genuinely fear the death of the country's cricket. There are reasons for this
OCTOBER 18, 2013

Slow strangle in the UAE

Pakistan's bowlers have developed a style of attacking but attritional cricket that saps the opposition's strengths, like the heat and aridity of the Middle East do
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