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A Pakistan Premier League?

May 16, 2012: If attempts at one fail, it won't be for a lack of ideas but of intent

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A new regard for Bangladesh

Apr 14, 2012: It's not far-fetched to see them develop an enduring rivalry with Pakistan

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No sympathy for Amir

Mar 29, 2012: All the talk of his naivety doesn't wash: Mohammad Amir must pay for his crime, but he must also be given a shot at redemption

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Peace must return to Pakistan before cricket does

Mar 17, 2012: It's admirable that Bangladesh have agreed to visit, but is it premature?

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Pakistan's finest hour

Feb 8, 2012: The whitewash of England is surely their greatest achievement in Test cricket to date

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A victory fashioned by the unsung

Jan 29, 2012: Two young batsmen and an overshadowed bowler did it for Pakistan in Abu Dhabi. Now the administrators must ensure this winning team is left undisturbed

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One of Pakistan's greatest victories?

Jan 20, 2012: Under Misbah, the batsmen have raised their game to match their bowlers' efforts. If they extend their advantage over England, it might be the start of something big

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The new, cautious face of Pakistan cricket

Jan 16, 2012: Exciting cricket used to be their calling card, but over the last year they seem to have moulded themselves in the image of their captain, Misbah-ul-Haq

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The riddle that is Umar Akmal

Nov 28, 2011: Given his talent, he ought to be the next in Pakistan's batting pantheon, but he has flattered to deceive, producing flashy shots and the occasional match-winning fifty

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A harsh lesson for Pakistan to learn

Nov 1, 2011: The conviction of Butt and Asif is welcome, but the fight against corruption in cricket has just begun

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What's behind Pakistan's upswing?

Oct 31, 2011: Their results over the last year have been heartening, and Misbah-ul-Haq's captaincy, among other things, is to credit for it

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Ashraf's chance

Oct 14, 2011: The new PCB chairman couldn't have taken over a board more in disarray, but he needs to look at it as an opportunity to be seized

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A captain a minute

Or that's what it felt like in India at the tail end of the 1950s. By V Ramnarayan

    The talented Mr Trumper

A century after his death, remembering Victor Trumper: the batsman who was possibly better than the Don on pitches scarred by the elements. By Ashley Mallett

The art of the inevitable

The Cricket Monthly: There is a tide in the affairs of games when an improbability becomes a certainty. Simon Barnes
TCM June issue

    New Mishra swaps pressure for enjoyment

The Indian legspinner now understands his craft better and isn't bogged down by rejection. By Sidharth Monga

The anomaly that is Yasir Shah

Hassan Cheema: His success does not reflect the bigger picture of legspin in Pakistan, but the team will be hoping he remains the exception for a long time

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A squad without pace, keepers, or future planning

Five questions for the selectors who picked the second-string squad for the tour of Zimbabwe

Highest totals without a century, and dream ODI debuts

Also: the most team changes made by a country in successive one-day internationals, and highest individual Test scores in the second innings

Most fourth-innings tons, best average in Pak history

Statistics and records to celebrate Younis Khan's incredible journey as a Test cricketer. His next Test will be the 100th of his career

Johnson back to intimidate with word and deed

At the age of 33, Johnson does not expect to be back for another Ashes campaign and, since being forced to miss last year's World Twenty20 with a toe injury, he has played every game as if it is his last

Will finisher Raina find lasting success?

Notwithstanding Suresh Raina's utility in ODIs, he has never quite been a full-fledged match-winner. MS Dhoni will hope Raina can change that in his new role at No 6

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