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Mumbai Indians owner Nita Ambani walks past a screen displaying the players up for the IPL auction

Deconstructing cricket

Why does the IPL use an auction to buy players?

For the made-for-TV drama, and the fairness and competitive balance brought about by salary caps and minimum-spend stipulations

Sarfraz Ahmed takes a picture with his fans

Ireland v Pakistan, only Test, Malahide

An honour to play this historic Test - Sarfraz

Almost the entire focus has been on Ireland in their debut Test, which will suit Pakistan just fine as they look to start their tour on a winning note

Alex Blake is bowled by Jofra Archer

Deconstructing cricket

To york or not to york in T20?

The delivery can give you great results but it's very difficult to bowl consistently, and batsmen aren't afraid to take you on anymore

Rashid Khan delivers the ball

Leading T20 Cricketer

Rashid Khan

Rashid Khan is named Wisden's Leading T20 Cricketer in the World in 2017

Dwayne Bravo charges in to bowl


Death becomes him

Among the first players to turn to T20 full time, Dwayne Bravo has carved himself a special niche as the man captains turn to at the pointy end