Younis Khan goes on the attack

Younis Khan's hard-earned hundred

We say that Tests reveal mettle; if you play 100, you must be some man. When it comes to Younis, that doesn't tell half the story

Yasir Shah is congratulated after a wicket

An immense, nervy occasion

Pakistan's six-year isolation has impacted players, administrators and fans - often in ways hard to quantify. Zimbabwe's visit is a significant and small first step towards a recovery

Misbah-ul-Haq half-kneels on the field


A captain like no other

Selfless, brave, humble, but also infuriatingly complex: Misbah-ul-Haq offers joys and contradictions in equal measure

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