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Pakistan's thinning spectator numbers

An 8000-strong multitude

Nov 14, 2005: Eight thousand isn't exactly the intimidating throng but those familiar with downwardly spiraling spectator numbers in Pakistan will think it heaven-sent

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Hasan Raza survives the sieve of Pakistani selection

Return of the prodigal

Nov 12, 2005: Incredulously, given Pakistan's not unjust reputation for wanton squandering of talent, Hasan Raza is still around

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Pakistan v England Timeline

A tumultuous past

Nov 11, 2005: Encounters between Pakistan and England have rarely lacked for drama, controversy and incident. Cricinfo charts a troubled 51-year relationship, leaving out only two series - those in 1971 and 1996 - that went off without any trouble

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Danish Kaneria remains a matchwinner for Pakistan

Shock, stock and spin

Nov 3, 2005: From five years ago, England will find a changed Kaneria. He has improved, sharply in the last year, and unsurprisingly, for a successful legspinner, he doesn't lack for confidence. In his breakthrough series last year against Australia - 15 wickets and R

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England in Pakistan 2005-06

Spinning hangovers and opening gaps

Oct 29, 2005: Pakistan's choice of picking five spinners, for the series against England, will make the headlines but choosing only one specialist opener leaves one stumped, writes Osman Samuiddin

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An oriental art comes full circle

Aug 21, 2005: Reverse swing is playing a huge role in the current Ashes series and experts are analysing every aspect of the art. What's all the fuss about

New Zealand-Pakistan contests

On collapses

Dec 30, 2003: What to watch for when New Zealand play Pakistan

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How India weeds out its suspect actions

The BCCI set up a three-man committee to tackle the problem of chucking at age-group and domestic cricket, and it has produced significant results in five years

A rock, a hard place and the WICB

The board's latest standoff with its players has had embarrassing consequences internationally, so any resolution now needs to be approached thoughtfully

Twin Asian challenges await Australia

What Australia have not done since returning a fractured unit from India is head back to Asia to play an Asian team. Two of their major weaknesses - handling spin and reverse swing - will be tested in the UAE by Pakistan

WICB must tread on eggshells with care

The WICB statement should cool down emotions and allow all parties involved to take the next step forward

Kohli back to old habits

Stats highlights from the fourth ODI between India and West Indies in Dharamsala

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