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Yasir and Sarfraz: can we hear an ai hai hai?

Jun 30, 2016: The pairing of legspinner and keeper is unlike any other in cricket, and full of rich and complex dynamics

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What's the BCCI's hang-up about the UAE?

Nov 25, 2015: It refuses to let India play Pakistan there, but hasn't been forthcoming with reasons why

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The fast man and the leggie

Oct 26, 2015: It's a bowling partnership not peculiar to Pakistan but highly identifiable with the country

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Majid's plan for Pakistan cricket

Oct 9, 2015: Along with his son Bazid, the former Pakistan batsman has come up with a proposal - though hardly the first - to decentralise domestic cricket in the country

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How simple is spotting a no-ball?

Aug 31, 2015: Hardly: bowling actions, and the circumstances of the job, make it difficult for the umpire to detect whether the bowler has overstepped

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Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2015

Pakistan minus that old, eerie panic

Jul 8, 2015: After years of skipped heartbeats and sweaty palms, just how does one reconcile with a nerveless Pakistan as they waltz through a tall chase?

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Younis Khan's hard-earned hundred

Jun 25, 2015: We say that Tests reveal mettle; if you play 100, you must be some man. When it comes to Younis, that doesn't tell half the story

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An immense, nervy occasion

May 7, 2015: Pakistan's six-year isolation has impacted players, administrators and fans - often in ways hard to quantify. Zimbabwe's visit is a significant and small first step towards a recovery

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The contradiction that is Ahmed Shehzad

Mar 19, 2015: Off the field, he's all flash and hair gel; on it, he's a slowpoke, given to hitting pretty shots straight to fielders

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Wahab and the tale of the Pakistani bouncer

Mar 11, 2015: In the high art of Pakistani fast bowling, where the short ball is mostly used as a warning, Wahab's uncomplicated, extreme pace is an indulgence that stands out

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The old-world virtue of Younis Khan

Aug 7, 2014: There's something dated, and comforting, about the security he represents for Pakistan, and when he is gone they will be truly bereft

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There's more grey to chucking than we might think

Jun 12, 2014: The drive to purge the game of bowlers with suspect actions may have been suppressed a little but the moralising remains

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Pakistan cricket

A welcome return for one who left too soon

May 6, 2014: Waqar Younis' last term as coach saw Pakistan rise in the international arena. Now he returns to take charge of a side filled with talented young batsmen but one facing a decline in fast bowling stocks

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All change in Pakistan's domestic structure. Again

Apr 24, 2014: Change has been the only constant in the country's first-class system. And a recent set of proposals - worthy as they sound - only serve to reinforce that

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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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    Shaun Udal's last-chance saloon

The former England offspinner relives the Mumbai Test of 2006, which turned out to be his last - and most memorable

    The Mumbai hand behind Hameed's rise

Vidyadhar Paradkar knew Haseeb Hameed would go far since their first meeting - and he has played no small part in that

    Pakistan's Hamilton crash, and ageing Misbah's runs

Ask Steven also reveals the highest Test total that could not forestall defeat

    'I didn't see a pathway for me in the game'

Preston Mommsen talks about his decision to quit Scotland cricket at 29

The hinterland of 40

Jon Hotten: At Lord's we saw three in-between scores of the sort that are as likely to annoy the selectors as excite them

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Kohli praise caps Hameed's 'awesome' rise

Haseeb Hameed's tour has been ended prematurely by injury but he has already made a lasting impression on team-mates and opponents

'People are going to be scared of bowling to Pant in the future'

The current Ranji season is proving to be a breakout one for Delhi's Rishabh Pant, who is aiming to make it big for his mentor, Tarak Sinha

India stay alive in the dying moments

The hosts' little victories in the last half-hour have proven to be a big deal in the Test series against England

Batman Kohli has all the gadgets

India have had a good two years in Test cricket. A lot of that comes down to having a squad that offers options, and a captain who knows how to maximise his players' threat

England suffer friction burns as contest gets heated

England and India have a long history of animosity, and this series is proving as feisty as many that have preceded it

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