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Why the inconsistency in penalising tampering?

Oct 27, 2013: Faf du Plessis was fined for using a zipper to change the condition of the ball, while Afridi was banned for biting it. Why the double standard?

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Pakistan cricket's organisational mess

Oct 15, 2013: What are the PCB and the regional cricket associations doing about the near-disastrous state of the game in the country? Next to nothing

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Pakistan's mediocrity raises questions

Sep 14, 2013: Does Mohammad Hafeez deserve to be in the Test side? Who after Misbah? What is Whatmore doing? Does the board have a plan to safeguard the future?

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For the love of swagger

Jul 24, 2013: West Indies can be an unpredictable and volatile side. And Pakistanis love them for it

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Neighbour's envy

Jun 14, 2013: Pakistan have always looked wistfully at the batting riches produced across the border

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Could it be Pakistan's turn?

Jun 7, 2013: The team return to the country of their previous scandals, but things look rosier now as Pakistan aim to win the Champions Trophy for the first time

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Wasim Akram: the gift that keeps on giving

May 6, 2013: All these years after he retired, we're still seeing his legacy play out in Pakistan cricket

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Pakistan's batting is in a crisis

Mar 26, 2013: The tour of South Africa was disappointing, not least because of perplexing selections and an out-of-sorts top order

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Batting is Pakistan's Achilles heel

Feb 14, 2013: They've always had the bowlers to take 20 wickets, but not the batsmen to set imposing totals

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No thanks to the Pakistan board if the PSL succeeds

Feb 5, 2013: There does seem to be a market, and sufficient interest, in a T20 league in Pakistan, but the PCB's defensive mindset is not helping

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Pakistan's litmus test

Jan 24, 2013: The team has never won a series in South Africa, but this set of players has good reason to believe that they can reverse the trend

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Zaka and Qasim's diplomatic coup

Jan 8, 2013: Their victories in India may have set the ball rolling for future bilaterals between the teams, but Pakistan's selection worries remain ahead of the South Africa tour

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A perfect storm of a man

Dec 1, 2012: Imran Khan, now 60, was as complete a cricketer as one could be, but excelling in one field (or even two) wasn't enough for him

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Is it Pakistan's year?

Sep 29, 2012: T20 is anyone's game, but statistically the odds are with Pakistan in the international version, and they could well go all the way in Sri Lanka

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Why Ajmal deserved the ICC nomination

Sep 10, 2012: His only competition was Vernon Philander, and the numbers show Ajmal has done better

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India v Pakistan, ICC U-19 World Cup, quarter-final, Townsville

Not the perfect Eid gift, but not bad

Aug 21, 2012: Pakistan didn't produce a win against India for their supporters, but they didn't give in without a fight

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Are we expecting too much from cricket?

Jul 24, 2012: If you use the sport to promote better relations between India and Pakistan, you're going about it backwards

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A letter to Salman Butt

Jun 25, 2012: You forgot to read the fine print, didn't you?

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The leggie trapped in a slogger's identity

Jun 11, 2012: Shahid Afridi's on-field persona and off-field drama have distracted us from the fact that he is essentially a game-changing wristspinner

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Pakistan's chance to go one-up on India

Jun 1, 2012: Pakistan will aim to reverse the fortunes from their last trip to Sri Lanka, where they are headed now with a coach who shares a past with the island

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