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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

Pakistan v South, 2nd Test, Lahore, 2nd day

The Twenty20 hangover gone wrong

Oct 9, 2007: While the bowlers seemed to forget the yorkers against the tailenders, Pakistan's batsman did no better, appearing to be stuck in the Twenty20 mode

Pakistan v South Africa, 1st Test, Karachi, 4th day

The stodge and the fury

Oct 4, 2007: Following Jacques Kallis's hundred, Younis Khan's madcap counter in the last session showed that Pakistan are also in the game, though only just

Pakistan v South Africa, 1st Test, Karachi, 4th day

Pakistan tangled in their own web

Oct 4, 2007: When did spin, not pace, become Pakistan's calling card?

Malik finds his slot

Oct 2, 2007: Shoaib Malik and Paul Harris were the stars of the day

Pakistan v South Africa, 1st Test, Karachi, 2nd day

A day where left-arm spinners dominated

Oct 2, 2007: Two left-arm spinners took six wickets between them today in the first Test between Pakistan and South Africa. Is the art of left-arm becoming fashionable again?

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Hangovers and headaches

2014 in review: Embarrassing defeats, a beleaguered captain, a bitter former star, alienating administrators - England's year was gloomy. By George Dobell

Ten years later

Gallery: Efforts by Surrey have helped transform a coastal village in Sri Lanka devastated by the December 26 tsunami

    'We did not drop a single catch in 1971'

Couch Talk: Former India captain Ajit Wadekar recalls the dream tours of West Indies and England, and coaching India

Sachin to bat for life, Lara for the joy of batting

Modern Masters: Rahul Dravid and Sanjay Manjrekar discuss the impact of Lara's batting

I bowled to them, look where they are now

Roger Sawh: Ever get the feeling you're sharing in the success of a top-level cricketer you may have played with growing up?

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Watson's merry-go-round decade

In January 2005, Shane Watson made his Test debut. What does he have to show for a decade in the game?

Why punish the West Indies players when the administration is to blame?

As ever, the West Indies board has taken the short-term view and removed supposedly troublesome players instead of recognising its own incompetence

Power to Smithy, trouble for Dhoni

Australia's new captain admirably turned things around for his side in Brisbane, leading in more departments than one

India's attack: rare intensity before regular inanity

For the first hour on day three, despite the heat and the largely unhelpful pitch, India's fast bowlers showed a level of intensity and penetration rarely seen from them; in the second hour, things mostly reverted to type

Bowlers in waiting

Bowlers who have been around for plenty of time but haven't played in cricket's biggest show

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