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Kevin Pietersen retired from limited-overs international cricket in May 201, and though he retracted that decision it set off a chain of events that led to his being dropped from the World Twenty20 squad. He was then involved in another controversy, sending text messages to players in the South African team then touring England, and was dropped from the final Test at Lord's despite having scored a match-saving century in the previous Test.
In September 2010 the ICC suspended three Pakistan players - Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt - on allegations of what was later defined as spot-fixing. They were alleged to have carried out specific on-field actions, including bowling no-balls at pre-determined times, during the Lord's Test against England on the instance of a bookie. The three were later handed long bans by the ICC before the matter moved to the British Crown courts, where all three were convicted and sentenced to spells of detention.
Apr 18, 2014: PCB to hold probe over cricketers playing with Kaneria | Aug 1, 2013: Spot-fixing: Back in the spotlight
For a game as steeped in tradition as cricket is, the question of how much to rely on technology is a perennial - and is now becoming increasingly complex. The Decision Review System has been controversial since it was first put in place
Apr 2, 2014: Why do we over-react when changing cricket's rules? | Apr 10, 2014: The problem with low catches
The auction of two IPL franchises in March 2010 led to a string of allegations surrounding the league's operations and those of its stakeholders. The immediate fallout was the sacking of the league's creator Lalit Modi but the IPL has been at the centre of controversy ever since
Cricket has never stopped evolving: from round-arm bowling becoming the standard, to the 15-degree rule for arm flexion while bowling. From the number of balls per over to the specifications of equipment - ranging from glove-webbing to bat handles - almost every aspect of the game is regulated. New rules are frequently put in place - especially in the shorter forms of the game, as in the case of Powerplays, free hits, and the tweaking of field restrictions.
Mar 27, 2014: The white-line crime | Apr 2, 2014: Why do we over-react when changing cricket's rules?
Ambush marketing | Andrew Symonds' fall from grace | Australia crack the whip | Australian cricket under review | Axing the associates | Ball-tampering | BCCI elections | Bodyline | Chucking | Corruption in cricket | Drugs | English television rights | India's coach hunt | Indian television rights | Kenyan player strike | Kolpak | New Zealand's captaincy controversy | Pakistan doping scandal | Pakistan's disciplinary crisis | Pietersen v Moores | Pitches | Player contracts | Security concerns | Sledging | South Africa's pullout from Sri Lanka, 2006 | The Darrell Hair Affair | The future of ODIs | The Greg Chappell-Sourav Ganguly spat | The Lahore attack | The Stanford meltdown | The Sydney saga, 2008 | The Woolmer investigation | The Zimbabwe crisis | West Indian contracts crisis | World Series Cricket |
The former Indian openers haven't been shining lately, but the IPL presents an opportunity for them to show their class
They were making good progress in building a world-class side, but not getting rid of Kevin Pietersen after the texting saga in 2012 cost them greatly
Twenty years ago this week, Brian Lara became Test cricket's highest scorer, but he almost didn't make it
Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara go over their World T20 win, and feel grateful to have fans whose support remains unwavering in victory and defeat
Plays of the day from the IPL match between Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab in Abu Dhabi
Having the top Associate team play the lowest-ranked Test side without the threat of relegation shows how votes mean more to the ICC than results
Brian Lara's 375 had a sense of inevitability to it, while the 400 came amid a backdrop of strikes and the threat of a whitewash
If they are to live up to their potential in next year's World Cup at home, they need to look within and search for inspiration pronto