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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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Stupidity of staggering proportions

Oct 13, 2009: After a recent and fairly commendable upturn in fortunes, once again Pakistan shoots itself and watches bemused as the world sniggers

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A fortnight of Walkmans

Sep 21, 2009: The Champions Trophy has hardly been what it's cracked up to be, but now, with ODIs in terminal decline, it might show there's hope for the format yet

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Pakistan v Sri Lanka, ICC World Twenty20 final, Lord's

A time to laugh, a time to heal

Jun 22, 2009: Pakistan's win has brought respite from death and bombs and given a nation the gift of celebration

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Men with je ne sais quoi

Jun 20, 2009: Pakistan's march to the final is a tale of teams who sometimes do things nobody expects them to

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All emotion, no logic

May 10, 2009: Why the PCB's move to press charges against the ICC for the loss of the World Cup is misguided

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