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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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