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Why Pakistan must change to fit Akmal

Apr 1, 2014: They have long mistaken his fearlessness for irresponsibility and clipped his wings. But he can't be denied for long

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The Shoaib Malik question

Mar 24, 2014: No one can give a satisfactory answer about why he's in the side and what has happened to his supposed utility. Maybe the answer has to do with his captaincy stint

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The power of the unremarkable

Mar 6, 2014: Like Asif Mujtaba before him, Fawad Alam brings to Pakistan a much-needed eye for detail and alertness to opportunity

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Afridi: a Pakistani sort of hero

Mar 3, 2014: Enlightenment and order take a walk when he delivers the rare performance that brings the country together like nothing else can

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Junaid Khan's slow burn

Jan 8, 2014: He hasn't burst onto the scene all flamboyance and wild hair, like the stereotypical Pakistani fast bowler, but his bowling has started to talk all right

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The ironies of Pakistan cricket's latest farrago

Nov 12, 2013: The PCB is at loggerheads with the courts over matters that have grown too convoluted for most people to care about

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What's the fuss about ball-tampering anyway?

Oct 29, 2013: Maybe it's time to take away the layers of morality and shrillness around it and treat it like the low-grade offence it is

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Irfan finds the right length

Oct 21, 2013: Not too many tall fast bowlers can pitch it up to good effect. Pakistan now have one, and he has the makings of a skilful customer

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What Hafeez's Test career tells us about failure

Oct 9, 2013: He has broken into the Test side three times and departed each time making the same mistakes. Has he simply reached the limit of his ability?

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Pakistan's first step towards governance nirvana

Oct 1, 2013: The PCB's plan to empower the regional associations and turn them into self-sustaining, revenue-generating units is a good one, but how feasible is it?

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Wanted: a players' association for Pakistan

Jun 21, 2011: The frequent controversies that seem to dog the country's cricketers could well have been prevented if a players' body existed

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The problem is Butt

May 19, 2011: He has been in charge for just under three years and Shahid Afridi's axing represents the ninth change in captaincy in his time

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Shoaib Akhtar retires

It's the colour we remember, Shoaib

Mar 17, 2011: Over 13 years Shoaib Akhtar played too few Tests, had too many injuries, got into too much trouble but left behind indelible memories

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Afridi's real match-winning role

Mar 7, 2011: He made his name by blasting bowlers in the stands, but nowadays it's with ball in hand that Pakistan's captain makes his biggest mark

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Shoaib and Gul to the rescue

Mar 1, 2011: Only with Pakistan could it happen that they lose their two most exciting new fast bowlers, only for them to be replaced by Shoaib Akhtar and Umar Gul

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The ODI is dead, long live the ODI

Feb 17, 2011: There's absolutely nothing wrong with one-day cricket as the matches in the format in 2010 showed us. It's just a matter of context and giving the bowlers more power

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ICC World Cup 2011

A fresh, balanced squad with no captain

Jan 18, 2011: Despite all the controversies of the past year, Pakistan have put together a balanced squad for the World Cup, but the fact that they haven't finalised on a captain is cause for concern

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Is there light in Pakistan's future?

Jan 16, 2011: The Quaid-e-Azam trophy final is being played under floodlights in Karachi. What does this step mean for Pakistan cricket?

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The curious case of Zulqarnain Haider

Nov 16, 2010: There's plenty in Haider's story that does not compute, but equally there is the fact that he wouldn't have given up his career if his claims weren't serious

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How low can the PCB go?

Oct 18, 2010: Pakistan's board has reached a nadir, and now has 30 days to do what it should have done 10 years ago, with the threat of harsh sanctions should it fail to comply

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Martin Crowe: If they are to live up to their potential in next year's World Cup at home, New Zealand need to look within

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    Still plenty of ifs for Butt

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Outside the Grace Gate

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The weary middle age of cricket

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