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AUGUST 19, 2014

Younis Khan: unsung and endearing

Despite being part of a dysfunctional set-up, he has managed to get the best out of himself and players partnering him
Younis Khan has performed the No. 3 role with distinction despite never having had a solid opening pair to count on © AFP
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JULY 28, 2014

Have England lost their new-found identity?

Cook and his boys seem to have fallen out of touch with the relentlessness that took them to No. 1
MAY 30, 2014

Chucking: the debate rages pointlessly on

For some reason, many among us seem unable to accept scientific explanations that account for so-called dodgy actions
MAY 06, 2014

The Waqar silver lining

The one good thing that may come of the latest shake-up in Pakistan's cricket administration is that Waqar Younis returns to the coach's job
APRIL 19, 2014

The home invasion

The Emirates have been a home away from home for Pakistan for three decades now. To see the IPL, which excludes Pakistan, being played there must feel like betrayal
APRIL 01, 2014

Haunted turns hunter

Saeed Ajmal was written off after Michael Hussey smashed him for 18 runs in an over in a World T20 semi-final. But he bounced back and how
MARCH 20, 2014

The what-ifs of Wasim Akram's captaincy

His stats, and the list of great players who flourished under him, indicate he ought to be up there with Imran and the rest. But is he?
MARCH 05, 2014

The contagious madness of Shahid Afridi

He frustrates his fans more often than not, but he is also an addiction, one that pulls at the heartstrings
FEBRUARY 15, 2014

The golden trio of Pakistani captaincy

Misbah has been a terrific leader but it's still not enough to knock off Imran, Mushtaq and Kardar off their lofty perch
FEBRUARY 02, 2014

A victory most un-Pakistani

For all the talents that Pakistan's cricketers possess, the team has never been good at chasing. Which is why Sharjah came as a surprise
JANUARY 19, 2014

What's wrong with being a bully at home?

Asian batsmen only get recognition when they do well in the "foreign" conditions of Australia, England, South Africa and New Zealand. The reverse rarely applies
JANUARY 04, 2014

Bowlers are back in the game

After the runaway batting averages and homogeneous pitches of the 2000s, it appears we may be seeing a welcome correction
DECEMBER 22, 2013

Pakistan's Streltsov question

Can Asif and Amir be compared to the Russian wunderkind who returned to professional football after a seven-year gap?
NOVEMBER 26, 2013

Amla's Irfan problem

The South African has been one of the best one-day batsmen in the last five years, but now a tall left-armer is making a dent in his impressive stats
OCTOBER 29, 2013

Where are Pakistan's daddy hundreds?

Gone are the days of Miandad and Zaheer Abbas. Now a kid coming in aims to make a fifty; a hundred seems beyond expectations
OCTOBER 23, 2013

The fan's torment

Cricket offers supporters plenty of time to think, and to swing from extreme pessimism to false hope and back again
OCTOBER 13, 2013

Pakistan: trying to run before they can crawl

The lack of top-flight cricket at home is beginning to tell on Pakistan's players
AUGUST 28, 2013

The Trott problem

He has fallen off his early peak, perhaps inevitably, but it might have to do with having to play in a manner that does not come naturally to him
AUGUST 05, 2013

Who is to blame for Pakistan's lack of Test fixtures?

Pointing fingers at the boards of India, England and Australia is useless. Administrators of the smaller nations are the ones who okay lop-sided scheduling
JULY 28, 2013

Australia are now Pakistan

They have the hopeless batting order, the talented but mentorless quicks, the perpetually disappointing allrounder and the much criticised system to show
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