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Yasir and Sarfraz: can we hear an ai hai hai?

Jun 30, 2016: The pairing of legspinner and keeper is unlike any other in cricket, and full of rich and complex dynamics

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What's the BCCI's hang-up about the UAE?

Nov 25, 2015: It refuses to let India play Pakistan there, but hasn't been forthcoming with reasons why

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The fast man and the leggie

Oct 26, 2015: It's a bowling partnership not peculiar to Pakistan but highly identifiable with the country

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Majid's plan for Pakistan cricket

Oct 9, 2015: Along with his son Bazid, the former Pakistan batsman has come up with a proposal - though hardly the first - to decentralise domestic cricket in the country

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How simple is spotting a no-ball?

Aug 31, 2015: Hardly: bowling actions, and the circumstances of the job, make it difficult for the umpire to detect whether the bowler has overstepped

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Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2015

Pakistan minus that old, eerie panic

Jul 8, 2015: After years of skipped heartbeats and sweaty palms, just how does one reconcile with a nerveless Pakistan as they waltz through a tall chase?

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Younis Khan's hard-earned hundred

Jun 25, 2015: We say that Tests reveal mettle; if you play 100, you must be some man. When it comes to Younis, that doesn't tell half the story

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An immense, nervy occasion

May 7, 2015: Pakistan's six-year isolation has impacted players, administrators and fans - often in ways hard to quantify. Zimbabwe's visit is a significant and small first step towards a recovery

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The contradiction that is Ahmed Shehzad

Mar 19, 2015: Off the field, he's all flash and hair gel; on it, he's a slowpoke, given to hitting pretty shots straight to fielders

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Wahab and the tale of the Pakistani bouncer

Mar 11, 2015: In the high art of Pakistani fast bowling, where the short ball is mostly used as a warning, Wahab's uncomplicated, extreme pace is an indulgence that stands out

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The old-world virtue of Younis Khan

Aug 7, 2014: There's something dated, and comforting, about the security he represents for Pakistan, and when he is gone they will be truly bereft

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There's more grey to chucking than we might think

Jun 12, 2014: The drive to purge the game of bowlers with suspect actions may have been suppressed a little but the moralising remains

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Pakistan cricket

A welcome return for one who left too soon

May 6, 2014: Waqar Younis' last term as coach saw Pakistan rise in the international arena. Now he returns to take charge of a side filled with talented young batsmen but one facing a decline in fast bowling stocks

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All change in Pakistan's domestic structure. Again

Apr 24, 2014: Change has been the only constant in the country's first-class system. And a recent set of proposals - worthy as they sound - only serve to reinforce that

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Why Pakistan must change to fit Akmal

Apr 1, 2014: They have long mistaken his fearlessness for irresponsibility and clipped his wings. But he can't be denied for long

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The Shoaib Malik question

Mar 24, 2014: No one can give a satisfactory answer about why he's in the side and what has happened to his supposed utility. Maybe the answer has to do with his captaincy stint

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The power of the unremarkable

Mar 6, 2014: Like Asif Mujtaba before him, Fawad Alam brings to Pakistan a much-needed eye for detail and alertness to opportunity

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Afridi: a Pakistani sort of hero

Mar 3, 2014: Enlightenment and order take a walk when he delivers the rare performance that brings the country together like nothing else can

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Junaid Khan's slow burn

Jan 8, 2014: He hasn't burst onto the scene all flamboyance and wild hair, like the stereotypical Pakistani fast bowler, but his bowling has started to talk all right

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The ironies of Pakistan cricket's latest farrago

Nov 12, 2013: The PCB is at loggerheads with the courts over matters that have grown too convoluted for most people to care about

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Nine wickets in the final session, and the most runs after 40

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Jennings ready to step up for adopted country

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