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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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Prescriptions for the PCB

Sep 27, 2010: Get rid of Ijaz Butt, take away some of the chairman's powers and spread them around, hire a CEO answerable to the governing body, and bring in more prominent former cricketers

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Butt has shot himself in both feet

Sep 20, 2010: The PCB chief's statements attacking a board that has worked hard to bring international cricket to Pakistan are beyond the boundaries of sanity. But the ICC is also to blame

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There's more to Pakistan than Punjab and Karachi

Aug 16, 2010: Karachi may have a genuine gripe about being sidelined in terms of national selection at the moment - but that's how the rest of country has felt forever

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Pakistan v Australia, 2nd Test, Headingley, 4th day

Hope floats after hoodoo ends

Jul 24, 2010: Despite the near panic at the end, this win is memorable as the one that breaks the stranglehold Australia have had over Pakistan

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Don't blame Afridi

Jul 19, 2010: What was the board thinking by appointing as captain a player who hadn't played a Test in four years, to lead one of Pakistan's most inexperienced sides?

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Pakistan's disciplinary crisis

The illogical yet predictable PCB

Jun 5, 2010: In revoking all the punishments they had themselves imposed, the self-defeating streak of the Pakistan board is highlighted again

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A new low, even for Pakistan

May 21, 2010: The aftermath of the leaked video reveals to what depths Pakistan's players have fallen

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Au revoir or farewell?

Mar 29, 2010: Mohammad Yousuf's retirement announcement wasn't all that convincing - after all, we've been there before

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Pakistan's inquiry committee report

What of the punishers?

Mar 10, 2010: The players have been singled out for punishment, but the managers, selectors and board officials who run the show have sidestepped the mess nicely

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Bloodied but breathing

Mar 3, 2010: A year on from the horrors of Lahore, a Karachi tournament shows that the game is alive and well - despite the bumbling of the PCB

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New Zealand v Pakistan, 1st Test, Dunedin, 5th day

A serious talent announces himself

Nov 28, 2009: After passing a test of skill in the first innings, Umar Akmal was unflustered by the test of will in the second

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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    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