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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

World Cup 2011

Sad, but it's the right call

Apr 17, 2009: The ICC's decision to remove Pakistan from the list of World Cup hosts was inevitable; now Pakistan must focus on finding an alternate base for their future home contests

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The right choice by default

Jan 29, 2009: Younis Khan happens to be Pakistan's sole realistic choice as captain; he's probably the right one as well

And what of Pakistan?

Dec 10, 2008: England's decision to return to India highlights the double standards most countries exhibit when dealing with security issues

A soft target, an old hand

Oct 27, 2008: Geoff Lawson was a convenient whipping boy, but it just may be that Intikhab Alam is the right choice for Pakistan at the moment

A devastating decision

Aug 25, 2008: The decision to effectively cancel the Champions Trophy completely alienates Pakistan - as a cricket team and as a nation

Split wide open

Aug 8, 2008: Cricket's clash of cultures is now more pronounced than ever, and money lies at the root

How many leagues can cricket sustain?

Jun 6, 2008: Why the marketer's dream of a Premier League in every country is a pie in the sky

Drugs scandal

Throwing it all away

Jun 4, 2008: The tragedy of the latest scandal to envelop Mohammad Asif is the potential loss of his gifts to Pakistan and cricket

The final episode in the Shoaib soap opera?

Apr 1, 2008: This affair is not a drama anymore, just a series of pathetic jousts between an unruly fool and a succession of inept administrations. Where will it end?

Welcome to the inquisition

Mar 1, 2008: The IPL, and its creator the BCCI, is sparing no rod to make sure the ICL is ground into the dust - the rest of world cricket be damned

A glimmer of hope

Nov 24, 2007: The failures of Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan have given the other players an opportunity to take charge and the response has been heartening

Misbah walks the finishing tight-rope

Nov 9, 2007: Misbah-ul-Haq's only flaw is that he doesn't yet finish, he doesn't leave an asterisk beside his name often enough

Pakistan v South Africa, 5th ODI, Lahore

Passing on the choker tag

Oct 29, 2007: Pakistan threw it all away in a manner to rival the best efforts of their opponents, South Africa

Pakistan v South Africa, 3rd ODI, Faisalabad

The Pathan takes charge

Oct 23, 2007: On some days it just isn't worth anyone's while, running into Shahid Afridi

Blinded by spin, Pakistan lost the contest

Oct 13, 2007: In between the start of the ICC World Twenty20 and South Africa's arrival at the end of September, Pakistan became a nation of spin

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    A shifty little thing called momentum

Simon Barnes: How much truth is there in the notion that it rests with the team fresh off a victory?

Is sporting fandom a set of rituals or a relationship?

Ahmer Naqvi: Do you have to be obsessive in your love for the game to qualify as a true fan?

England reawaken Australia's demons

Jarrod Kimber: Australia are facing some familiar foes as they attempt to recover from their Edgbaston thrashing

    'We experienced what Barack Obama might go through'

Zimbabwe coach Dav Whatmore on the surreal and moving experience of being the first Full Member team to tour Pakistan in six years

Another T20 bash, another T&T win

Business as usual? Yes, but this year's tournament had other stories too - not all of them positive. By Colin Benjamin

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Cricket in colour - What's your favourite team kit?

Papua New Guinea's attractive team kit at the World T20 Qualifier, cool cap included, caught our attention. What's your favourite of them all?

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

Australia's soft centre exposed

The failure of anyone other than Chris Rogers to cope with the conditions at Edgbaston was another worrying sign of Australian fallibility abroad

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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    Succession issues prompt hard questions (73)

    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 (69)

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

    Buoyant England face tricky decisions (59)

    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

    Be alarmed, be very alarmed (59)

    Death of a Gentleman exposes how neo-liberal economics threatens the game, while also hinting at worse lying beneath the surface, leaving you feeling disillusioned and angry

    Small moments, big problems for Australia (56)

    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