MARCH 21, 2015

Did Pakistan fail?

Hassan Cheema: Given the circumstances, they did the opposite in the World Cup, bringing fervour back to their fan base
Against Australia, Wahab turned into a fast bowling equivalent of Javed Miandad © Getty Images
MARCH 16, 2015

Misbah in the context of Pakistan's lifesavers

Ahmer Naqvi: Like medics who go beyond the call of duty in trying circumstances, Pakistan's captain inspires his side to victories while dealing with less-than-ideal situations
MARCH 14, 2015

Daniel Vettori, back from the burnout

Suhas Cadambi: A World Cup win could be the prefect farewell gift for Daniel Vettori, much like how it was for Glenn McGrath in 2007 and Sachin Tendulkar in 2011
MARCH 06, 2015

Misbah on his captaincy 'education'

Misbah-ul-Haq on what it takes to captain Pakistan, and what captaining Pakistan has taught him, in an interview with the BBC's Stephan Shemilt.

As he watched from afar, Pakistani cricket was plunged into darkness by the spot-fixing of captain Salman Butt and fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir. In the aftermath, the national side turned to Misbah's calming influence. His first match as captain was also his Test recall. "I realised it was time to take responsibility," said Misbah. "You have to stand up, show the world that you are a good cricketing nation, not only with your performances, but also your conduct and behaviour. You can still be professional, you can still amaze people and fans can enjoy your cricket. That was the challenge at that time."

MARCH 01, 2015

The vices and virtues of Misbah

Ahmer Naqvi: The debate about whether Misbah-ul-Haq is holding Pakistan back or holding them together is obscuring the team's real problems
JANUARY 31, 2015

The World Cup: one-day cricket's hour in the sun

Ahmer Naqvi: Except in the case of Australia, a World Cup win becomes a big part of the victorious captain's legacy
DECEMBER 19, 2014

Would Brearley have picked Cook as captain?

Nicholas Hogg: Cook lacks certain qualities the ex-England captain listed as those necessary for an ideal leader, in particular, charisma
DECEMBER 18, 2014

England cricket

A multitude of issues for England

The England selectors will sit down on Friday to pick the World Cup squad with questions still hanging over the head of captain Alastair Cook. In the Daily Mail, Nasser Hussain says it is not too late for England to make a change - a change he believes should have been made months ago - but the captain is not the only concern. He does not see the return of Stuart Broad and James Anderson as a quick fix for the bowler attack and still thinks England base their one-day cricket too much on Test match ideals.

When I helped compile the Schofield Report seven years ago, we were saying one-day cricket should be treated just as seriously as Test cricket and I see that Paul Downton was saying the same thing this week. Well, if England really mean it this time then they have to put faith in the younger, more dynamic batsmen who have grown up with Twenty20.

DECEMBER 15, 2014

A Test match for the ages

Michael Jeh: The Adelaide Test was pulsating, dramatic and poignant, and threw up questions about India's captaincy, and the absence of the DRS
NOVEMBER 30, 2014

Misbah, the unobtrusive hero

Bill Ricquier: Misbal-ul-Haq may not have the inventiveness of Javed Miandad or instantly-recognisable presence at the crease, like Inzaman-ul-Haq, but he is rock solid, an attribute valued highly in Test cricket
OCTOBER 14, 2014

Misbah's place in Pakistan history

Kamran Abbasi: He was the next great leader after Abdul Kardar and Imran Khan, standing between Pakistan cricket and its end
SEPTEMBER 07, 2014

Spinners need intelligent, trusting captains to thrive

V Ramnarayan: A captain must be able to understand a spinner's craft if he is to manage him properly and set the right fields
AUGUST 27, 2014

English cricket

Cook's boys are all right

Criticism has been as regular as breakfast for Alastair Cook. He saved himself from becoming an "untenable" option as Test captain but the focus has now shifted to his one-day capabilities. With former players questioning if England have the composition to win a World Cup, Stephen Brenkley, in the Independent comes to the support of the embattled England captain

Cook's batting strike rate as captain is 81.89 runs per 100 balls, acceptable even by the era's standards. There seems to be a desire outside the selection room to pack the team with sluggers on the grounds that one or two are bound to come off. England may actually have it right as long as the totals to which they aspire are based on conditions on the day, not some statistical database. The plan is to backload the innings after a solid start with Joe Root, Morgan and Jos Buttler all scoring at a lick

AUGUST 12, 2014

Is Pakistan's slow approach now holding them back?

Ahmer Naqvi: 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
AUGUST 01, 2014

How exactly does one 'lead by example'?

Alex Bowden: A captain needs to do enough as an individual to retain respect and control, but exceptional performances may not result in even greater influence
JULY 30, 2014

Why we need Cook to succeed

Andrew Hughes: Because there is no one else who can captain this England side
JULY 30, 2014

Cook's Brearley lesson

Jon Hotten: Mike Brearley managed to remain an outstanding captain despite his consistent failures with the bat. Is there a lesson in there for England's current skipper?
JULY 27, 2014

The geometry of captaincy

Scott Oliver: Maybe leadership in cricket is not so much about the art of captaincy as about the real-time computing of information
JULY 11, 2014

Are you born to captain?

Nicholas Hogg: Are some people just made to lead and the rest to follow? Let's examine the case of the two Captains Cook
JUNE 25, 2014

England cricket

Tend to Cook the batsman, before Cook the captain

England's hopes of a new era were struck down in Headingley by a young and hungry Sri Lanka. As much praise as Angelo Mathews and his side deserves, the hosts did not do themselves justice both in terms of the cricket they played and the tactics they used. Mike Selvey, in the Guardian, casts the magnifying glass on the captain Alastair Cook and suggests he might be trying too hard to change himself and the process if proving to be detrimental.

If Cook were to score runs in the kind of quantity he once managed, then that would underpin the innings, with others feeding from it, and leadership would seem easier. It does appear, however, that he might be placing too much emphasis on being in the vanguard, perhaps trying to be something he is not, rather than being a little more selfish in that regard and thinking primarily about his own game. The point has not yet been reached where either Cook or his employer should be considering whether his position as Test captain is appropriate for both the team benefit and his own but it will be under discussion.