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Saad Shafqat is a writer based in Karachi. His latest book is Breath of Death, a medical thriller
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Why the inconsistency in penalising tampering?

Oct 27, 2013: Faf du Plessis was fined for using a zipper to change the condition of the ball, while Afridi was banned for biting it. Why the double standard?

Saad Shafqat

Waiting for the boys

Oct 20, 2013: You're never too grown up to be an autograph-hunting, hotel foyer-pacing fan

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Pakistan cricket's organisational mess

Oct 15, 2013: What are the PCB and the regional cricket associations doing about the near-disastrous state of the game in the country? Next to nothing

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Pakistan's mediocrity raises questions

Sep 14, 2013: Does Mohammad Hafeez deserve to be in the Test side? Who after Misbah? What is Whatmore doing? Does the board have a plan to safeguard the future?

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Review: The Tebbit Test

An immigrant's absorbing memoir of the game

Aug 11, 2013: A passionate Pakistan-England fan engagingly explains how sporting allegiances are formed and how they evolve

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A servant of cricket

Aug 6, 2013: Commentator Munir Hussain devoted his life to the game, celebrating its magic and beauty

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For the love of swagger

Jul 24, 2013: West Indies can be an unpredictable and volatile side. And Pakistanis love them for it

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Neighbour's envy

Jun 14, 2013: Pakistan have always looked wistfully at the batting riches produced across the border

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Could it be Pakistan's turn?

Jun 7, 2013: The team return to the country of their previous scandals, but things look rosier now as Pakistan aim to win the Champions Trophy for the first time

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Wasim Akram: the gift that keeps on giving

May 6, 2013: All these years after he retired, we're still seeing his legacy play out in Pakistan cricket

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Pakistan's batting is in a crisis

Mar 26, 2013: The tour of South Africa was disappointing, not least because of perplexing selections and an out-of-sorts top order

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Permit two run-outs off the same delivery

Mar 22, 2013: Take a leaf out of baseball and give fielders a chance to aim for a higher level of achievement

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Courageous, combative, commonsensical

Mar 9, 2013: Haseeb Ahsan was everything a selector ought to be, and his impact on Pakistan cricket was long-lasting

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Batting is Pakistan's Achilles heel

Feb 14, 2013: They've always had the bowlers to take 20 wickets, but not the batsmen to set imposing totals

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No thanks to the Pakistan board if the PSL succeeds

Feb 5, 2013: There does seem to be a market, and sufficient interest, in a T20 league in Pakistan, but the PCB's defensive mindset is not helping

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Pakistan's litmus test

Jan 24, 2013: The team has never won a series in South Africa, but this set of players has good reason to believe that they can reverse the trend

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Zaka and Qasim's diplomatic coup

Jan 8, 2013: Their victories in India may have set the ball rolling for future bilaterals between the teams, but Pakistan's selection worries remain ahead of the South Africa tour

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A heart-warming resurgence

Jan 1, 2013: Pakistan had a satisfying 2012, but the year ahead is one of transition

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A perfect storm of a man

Dec 1, 2012: Imran Khan, now 60, was as complete a cricketer as one could be, but excelling in one field (or even two) wasn't enough for him

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Cricket's Pinteresque silences

Nov 24, 2012: The sport is full of pauses that enhance the drama, just like in Harold Pinter's plays

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