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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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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 cult of Sanga

The Cricket Monthly: Few Sri Lankans have been as widely adored. None has so painstakingly chiselled his way to greatness
TCM August issue

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New Zealand women's coach Haidee Tiffen on her mentoring philosophy, winning the 2000 World Cup final, and retiring young

    The CPL's commercial reality check

Tony Cozier: While the tournament's popularity is beyond doubt, local governments haven't been satisfied with their returns on investment

Headbanders

Waqar? Steyn? Lillee? Dinda? Vote for your favourite headbanded bowler

Is it time to rethink the toss?

Jon Hotten: Why not let captains decide what batting or bowling first is worth and use runs to buy the advantage?

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4391 runs after 35, and 2354 outside top five

On Sunday, Tillakaratne Dilshan became the 11th batsman to score 10,000-plus ODI runs. Here are the key numbers from his ODI career

Buoyant England face tricky decisions

England's selectors can reflect proudly on their decisions for the Edgbaston Test, but they will really earn their money in deciding who replaces James Anderson and what to do about an opener

Small moments, big problems for Australia

Why was it that Australia put in such a hazy performance in a match that mattered so much? Of the two teams they are the more experienced, the more used to winning and entering this week the more confident

Succession issues prompt hard questions

Australia's selectors and management have been accused of being too harsh on Brad Haddin but the team's horrible display at Edgbaston suggests that they may actually have been too lenient, and not just on him

Mustafizur and the art of the cutter

What makes this innocuous-seeming bowler so difficult to handle?

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    Buoyant England face tricky decisions (92)

    England's selectors can reflect proudly on their decisions for the Edgbaston Test, but they will really earn their money in deciding who replaces James Anderson and what to do about an opener

    Small moments, big problems for Australia (86)

    Why was it that Australia put in such a hazy performance in a match that mattered so much? Of the two teams they are the more experienced, the more used to winning and entering this week the more confident

    Headbanders (85)

    Dale Steyn sported a headband in the Test series against Bangladesh. Who's your favourite bowler with a headband?

    Mustafizur and the art of the cutter (77)

    What makes this innocuous-seeming bowler so difficult to handle?

    Succession issues prompt hard questions (75)

    Australia's selectors and management have been accused of being too harsh on Brad Haddin but the team's horrible display at Edgbaston suggests that they may actually have been too lenient, and not just on him