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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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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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