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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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    New Zealand's greatest almost

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As a six-year-old, he watched Wasim Akram at the 1992 World Cup and decided that he would be a left-arm fast bowler. As a man, he put on a show very nearly as memorable as Wasim's 23 years before

The battle of the bullies

This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves

Dhoni masters numbers game to crack ODI code

Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager

Time slips by South Africa once again

It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.

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