Osman Samiuddin

Osman Samiuddin is a sportswriter at the National and the author of The Unquiet Ones: A History of Pakistan Cricket

Ahmed Shehzad drives the ball

The contradiction that is Ahmed Shehzad

Off the field, he's all flash and hair gel; on it, he's a slowpoke, given to hitting pretty shots straight to fielders

Wahab Riaz runs in to bowl

Wahab and the tale of the Pakistani bouncer

In the high art of Pakistani fast bowling, where the short ball is mostly used as a warning, Wahab's uncomplicated, extreme pace is an indulgence that stands out

Ricky Ponting and Mahela Jayawardene speak to the umpires about the chaotic scenes at the end of the final

World Cup No. 9: the big story

The year the World Cup left us cold

The tournament in the West Indies ought to have been among the most joyous, but it was marked by a general cheerlessness, and with the death of Bob Woolmer, outright dismay

Pakistan's players pose with the trophy after completing a 2-0 whitewash


Awesome in whites, awful in colour

Pakistan's year oscillated between superb and dreadful, with their ODI form particularly worrying ahead of the World Cup

Saeed Ajmal bowls

Cover story

Let's talk about flex

As the ICC seeks refuge in science, it may have to confront the possibility that nothing we know about chucking - and bowling - is quite as it seems

Misbah-ul-Haq raises his bat after a record Test century

Pakistan v Australia, 2nd Test, Abu Dhabi, 4th day

Misbah gets his bucket-list hundred

Misbah-ul-Haq gives the impression of constantly being on the verge of doing something out of the ordinary, and on Sunday he did just that; he let go of all the self-restraint he has shown over the years and hit the hundred he knew he could hit

Pakistan's cricketers celebrate the victory


The miracle of '92

Twenty-two years after Pakistan's headiest triumph, it's still hard to believe how that ramshackle bunch surged to glory

A view of the Rajabai clock tower


The power of slow

We live in an age that prizes swiftness and urgency. More of a reason to celebrate a great batsman who urges us to pay attention

Saeed Ajmal appeals unsuccessfully

Pakistan cricket

Workload took toll on Ajmal's action

With biomechanics at the crux of the ICC's testing process, it is important to find out how much of an advantage a kinked action gives to bowling