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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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Automaton, man, inspiration

Twenty years on, Shivnarine Chanderpaul continues to be understated, underestimated. And that doesn't bother him. What's not to like?

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85 Tests, 70 defeats

Of the 85 Tests that Bangladesh have played so far, they've lost 70 and won just four. Those stats are easily the worst among all teams when they'd played as many Tests

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