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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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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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In September 2010, as part of ESPNcricinfo's All-time XI series, a jury had selected an All-time India Test XI. Six years later, would you make some changes?

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Each had to overcome very different hurdles from the other to become a top Test side

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