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The team being Pakistan a shambolic selection can still usher in a great run

Hope and half a team

Feb 13, 2007: In fact, if you inhale hard enough, you might just catch a whiff already of an impending clear-out post-World Cup, just like 2003

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Pakistan in South Africa, 2006-07

What's gone wrong with Kamran Akmal?

Feb 3, 2007: Kamran Akmal's wicketkeeping form has slumped alarmingly since 2006. Osman Samiuddin speaks to Rashid Latif and Wasim Bari to try and spot the reasons for the decline

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The best, the worst, the Warne-derful

Jan 3, 2007: The highs and lows of 2006 relived

Pakistan in South Africa, 2006-07

The latest twist in Shoaib soap

Dec 29, 2006: Shoaib Akhtar's ommission from the Pakistan squad to tour South Africa is just another twist in the saga that is his career

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Can team and player make up before the World Cup?

The Afridi affair

Dec 3, 2006: Osman Samiuddin on the fickle relationship between Shahid Afridi and Pakistan cricket

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Pakistan v West Indies, 2nd Test, Multan

Sarwan: ODI champion, Test maverick

Nov 19, 2006: In the absence of West Indian journalists, it was left to the local breed to express surprise at the dropping of Ramnaresh Sarwan. No injuries, it was pointedly announced, so it must have been form

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Pakistan board's seminar

Creating a winning team

Nov 19, 2006: Attendees were to formulate a strategy to enable Pakistan to win the World Cup

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West Indies in Pakistan, 2006-07

An intriguing battle beckons

Nov 10, 2006: Pakistan will take any cricket, soft or hard, after the autumn they have just undergone. Just playing, you sense, will be relief enough

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There is little need for a self-inflicted migraine

Running with scissors

Oct 27, 2006: Osman Samiuddin looks at Nasim Ashraf, the new PCB chairman, and how his remarks on religion have really revved up the chattering classes

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Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 3rd match, Champions Trophy

A deeply stirring spectacle

Oct 17, 2006: Osman Samiuddin watches Pakistan bounce back from their recent travails

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Champions Trophy 2006-07

Pakistan revert to familiar disarray

Oct 5, 2006: Reports in Pakistan are suggesting that Mohammad Yousuf has been appointed captain for the Champions Trophy in place of Younis Khan, who earlier today refused to take up the Pakistan captaincy.

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The aftermath of Ovalgate

More than an inconvenient truth

Oct 1, 2006: When Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove decreed Pakistan guilty of ball tampering on the afternoon of August 20, 2006, they were venturing into uncharted international territory

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The question of Hair's future

Justice still awaits

Sep 29, 2006: Having seen Inzamam-ul-Haq, the Pakistan team cleared of ball tampering charges and Pakistan the country, a slur removed and its honour restored, sights were set trained on Darrell Hair

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Pakistan tour of England, 2006

Otherwise pandemonium

Sep 13, 2006: Pakistan outright lost the Test series against England this summer and though they drew the one-day international series, never has a draw been more a loss than this

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England v Pakistan, 4th Test, The Oval

It's Hair's word against Pakistan's

Aug 21, 2006: Not much clarity has yet emerged from the stinking carcass of the match on any of the many grave issues involved. One thing though is becoming clear and it is a time-honoured truism; like the tango, it takes more than one.

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England v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Headingley, 5th day

Painful and sadly predictable

Aug 8, 2006: Lurking nastily beneath all the hopes Pakistani fans must have harboured last night at the prospect of a spectacular heist lay the fear of a day like this

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England v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Headingley, 2nd day

Pakistan defy Headingley history

Aug 5, 2006: Osman Samiuddin watches a Pakistan side defy the history of Headingley

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A history of Pakistan's struggles against left-arm spinners

Trouble in the left-arm front

Jul 30, 2006: Pakistan's Old Trafford shellacking was, a Pakistani paper sagely observed, one of their worst ever under Bob Woolmer and Inzamam-ul-Haq

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Opening dilemmas Part 2

The opening conundrum

Jul 13, 2006: Osman Samiuddin tracks Pakistan's age-old dilemma - the search for that seasoned, durable, Test opener

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These boots were made for filling

Jul 13, 2006: Pakistan's age-old dilemma - the search for that seasoned, durable, Test opener - still remains

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    'At times I probably went too hard for change'

Pat Howard, Australia's team performance manager, talks about the challenges of shaking things up over five years of mixed results for the national side

What good are Test rankings?

They don't really provide narrative shape to the uncoordinated mess that is the FTP, but they can occasionally provide a compelling story

'Our goal is to find balance across varying conditions'

Brett Elliot of Kookaburra on the challenges facing the brand in facilitating an even playing field with the pink ball

Five of six

Here's a handful of the biggest sixes you've ever seen. By Rob Smyth
The Cricket Monthly August issue

The hinterland of 40

Jon Hotten: At Lord's we saw three in-between scores of the sort that are as likely to annoy the selectors as excite them

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Starc zooms to 100 wickets in record time

Stats highlights of Mitchell Starc's record-breaking ODI career

Versatile Rahane quietly shows his worth

Ajinkya Rahane has shown himself to be a batsman adept at dealing with a variety of situations and tailoring his game to the team's cause

Herath's masterclass, Mendis' surge, de Silva's promise

Sri Lanka's marks out of ten after they bounced back from a winless tour of England to trample Australia 3-0 at home

Is India's need for speed too costly?

Under Virat Kohli, India have tended to go for quick-scoring batsmen at the expense of solid players. Is it an error in judgement or a larger sign of flexible thinking and practices?

Similar failings mar Tests at historical venues

The lack of play in Port-of-Spain and Durban over the last four days points to a disregard for common-sense scheduling and a failure to equip grounds to deal with bad weather

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