Danish Kaneria relaxes at his Karachi home

The Banished

Banish Danish

And so cricket has done. Kaneria's is the loaded story of a double exile

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

Sunil Narine in action

The science of throwing

Action stations

Osman Samiuddin says that the purge on illegal actions may have been triggered by a dispute between the ICC and the University of Western Australia in Perth

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