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Scotland v Pakistan

1st T20I, Edinburgh

Sarfraz and Shadab, the stars of a power-packed show

The Pakistan captain made 89 off only 49 balls while the young legspinner picked up 2 for 25 in a high-scoring match

Peter Della Penna

How the World Cup became a 10-team affair

Every time an Associate team beats a Full Member, talk turns to why the World Cup has so few participants. Here's a history of the debate

Winning a bet

The buzz

Shadab's batting form costs Mickey Arthur

The allrounder bet his coach that he would score three fifties in the UK. He aced it and had Arthur taking the whole team out for a meal

Pak in Eng 2018

Series aftermath

Azhar, Shafiq close in on county contracts

Pakistan batsmen seek game time to maintain Test-match readiness

Shadab's and Ashraf's emergence offers future promise

Shadab's and Ashraf's emergence offers future promise


Squad announcement

T20I cricket

Haris Sohail picked for Scotland T20Is

Haris Sohail replaces the injured Babar Azam in an otherwise unchanged T20I squad for Pakistan's two-match series against Scotland

England v Pakistan

2nd Test, Headingley

Dobell: A victory that buys time, but India loom large

Defeat at Headingley would have hastened calls for change. An innings win does not mean all is well, but it has stopped England's rot. For now.

Kimber: Buttler shows the brains and the brawn on Test return

He may never be a consistent run-scorer at Test level, but he might be an occasionally brilliant one

Report: Bess, Buttler floor Pakistan to level series

Dom Bess took three wickets as the second Test came to a hasty finish before tea on the third day

England v Pakistan

2nd Test, Headingley

Azhar and Shafiq dip when Pakistan need them most

As much as the runs what the senior pair need to bring Pakistan's batting is the unmistakable sense that they are in charge

#PoliteEnquiries: And the award for inconsistency goes to...

Melinda Farrell and Jarrod Kimber tackle your questions on openers, politeness and Bond villains


'We need to dish out a couple of hidings tonight'

Mickey Arthur rues inconsistency in young team as England bounce back from Lord's humbling

England v Pakistan

2nd Test, Headingley

Pakistan challenge themselves to improve on perfection

Sarfraz Ahmed says team must forget their wins at Malahide and Lord's and start again from scratch at Headingley

Mature Amir finds his comfort zone after Lord's performance

The paceman had not fronted up for a press conference since returning to cricket in 2016. Not until today

Salahuddin finally gets his long-service reward

Chance for veteran of Pakistan domestic scene to make the grade, seven years after his last flirtation with international cricket

England's humbling

1st Test, Lord's

I'm almost at a loss sometimes - Bayliss

The England coach discusses the team's latest Test defeat, the continued failure of the top order and another poor fielding display

Dobell: Humiliation was an accident waiting to happen

England's crushing defeat at Lord's exposed a regime and a system that has abandoned its responsibility to Test cricket

'Unfazed' Bess hoping to improve with the ball

Despite an encouraging display with the bat, Dom Bess knows his bowling will be more important to his chances of staying in the side

England v Pakistan

1st Test, Lord's

No overconfidence after Lord's win - Hasan Ali

Fast bowler insists Pakistan won't get ahead of themselves after beating England in the first Test, but are determined to seal the series at Headingley


Five of Pakistan's best Test wins in England

After Pakistan's nine-wicket win at Lord's, we look back at some of their greatest modern-day performances in the country

Suspension threat hangs over Sarfraz Ahmed

The captain was also fined 60% of his match with Pakistan ruled to be three overs short at Lord's

England v Pakistan

1st Test, Lord's

Jennings back in England's squad for Headingley

Mark Stoneman, who failed twice at Lord's and hasn't passed 60 in 11 Test matches, has been left out

#PoliteEnquiries: Where do England go from here?

Jarrod Kimber and Osman Samiuddin answer your questions following England's opening Test defeat to Pakistan at Lord's.


England v Pakistan

1st Test, Lord's

Kimber: Clinical Pakistan produce the unexpected dissection of England

Pakistan were clinical and pragmatic in wrapping up a comfortable win at Lord's, two qualities that haven't always been associated with them

Samiuddin: Amir conjures the Akram dream

Leg-before or bowled, batsmen see both as equal defeats, but for the bowler the latter is the truest win

England v Pakistan

1st Test, Lord's

#PoliteEnquiries: Freaky Friday at Lord's?

Osman Samiuddin joins Jarrod Kimber to take your questions on dropped catches, fielding positions and retro haircuts


Kimber: Stokes makes it happen but England still flounder

England weren't poor by any means, but what they tried didn't seem to come off for them the way it did for Pakistan

Everyone fought for the team cause - Azhar

Pakistan have moved into a strong position at Lord's, but both Azhar Ali and Jonny Bairstow are cautious when it comes to predicting the final outcome


England v Pakistan

1st Test, Lord's

Another collapse in the age of white ball first

On Thursday England were out-Englanded, done in by seam and swing and perhaps their own emphasis on short-form cricket

#Abbasif - too soon? Yes. Probably. Maybe.

The working over of Mark Stoneman was a masterclass in seam and swing bowling which set Pakistan on their way to a dominant day

Alastair Cook: Farmer, nurdler, hunter, and Test-match survivor

Even at his most fluent, Cook cannot avoid being ungainly. But without him on the first day at Lord's, England would have been sunk without trace

Pakistan v England

1st Test, Lord's

Sarfraz Ahmed: The Pakistan captain who's yet to take the lead

He was widely credited for his role in the Champions Trophy win, but Pakistan's wicketkeeper has struggled to make his mark on the Test team

'Yasir's like a brother to me' - Shadab

Shadab Khan revealed that he will try and speak with Yasir Shah for advice ahead of his maiden Lord's appearance


What do Pakistan need to do to beat England (or not lose, at least)?

Pakistan are a far less experienced side than the one which drew 2-2 in England in 2016

England v Pakistan

1st Test, Lord's

Bess talks dreams, Lord's lunches and IKEA


Bess takes rapid rise in his stride as Lord's Test debut beckons

Somerset spinner set to be England's third debutant spinner in four Tests and youngest specialist finger-spinner in their history

Former England captains' advice for Root

Past England captains David Gower, Michael Atherton and Nasser Hussain assess Joe Root's first year in the role


Test summer approaches

England v Pakistan

Wood raring to make mark after swapping IPL for Test audition

Despite his battles with injuries, the fast bowler wants to succeed in the form of the game he considers "the pinnacle"

'Came back to push for my Test spot' - Wood

Mark Wood spoke about his rivalry with fellow Ashington and England bowler Steve Harmison and explains why he'd like a second chance in the IPL


Bairstow ready for batting at No. 5 and keeping wicket

"Proud" to be asked to move up England's Test batting order and remains confident he can cope with the challenge

Ireland v Pakistan

Only Test, Malahide

#PoliteEnquiries: Pakistan's prowess for nervy finishes

Melinda Farrell and Jarrod Kimber answer your questions on Imam-ul-Haq, Pakistan's hopes in England and one-Test wonders


Kimber: When even the trains stopped at Malahide

A community club played host to a community sport, as Irish cricket finally made it to the big time

Imam helps Pakistan overcome scare to take victory

Imam-ul-Haq produced the match-winning contribution for Pakistan as they chased down 160 in the fourth innings and denied Ireland a fairytale win

Ireland v Pakistan

Only Test, Malahide

#PoliteEnquiries: O'Brien for Ireland's Prime Minister?

Jarrod Kimber and Melinda Farrell get stuck into your questions, including DRS, Pakistan collapses and Irish heads of government


Kimber: The inevitable, indispensable Kevin O'Brien century

Kevin O'Brien isn't the best player Ireland has ever had, he's just the one who keeps producing their most important innings

'Bangalore century still No.1' says Ireland history-maker

Despite the emotion of becoming Ireland's maiden Test centurion, batsman believes his finest hour has already happened

Ed Smith's first squad

England selection

Buttler and Bess selections about more than the numbers

There had been much talk of analytics since Ed Smith's appointment as national selection, but his first squad came down to "cricketing judgement"

Buttler selection not a snub to county cricket - Smith

Ed Smith explains the biggest decisions of his first England squad as national selector


Dom Bess' England call-up interrupted furniture shopping

England's spin role had become vacant after Jack Leach, Bess' Somerset team-mate, suffered a broken thumb in the nets

Ireland v Pakistan

Only Test, Malahide

#PoliteEnquiries: Is Abbas the new Asif?

Melinda Farrell and Jarrod Kimber discuss dropped catches, follow-ons and using Jarrod as a form of punishment


'Chronic' knee problem revives Amir workload worries

Fast bowler must be managed across all three formats, says Azhar Mahmood

Farrell: Amir, a mighty bowler who mislaid his purpose

He is still the leader of Pakistan's attack, but Amir is not the force he used to be

Ireland v Pakistan

Only Test, Malahide

Ireland's players react to the longest first ball in Test cricket

Gary Wilson and Tim Murtagh recap the bizarre start to Ireland's first-ever men's Test match when Imam-ul-Haq took a nasty blow


Farrell: Senior pro Shafiq steps out of shadows

He's batted at No.6 for much of his career, but Asad Shafiq's 62 at No.4 was a glimpse of post-MisYou stability

#PoliteEnquiries: The greatest day in Irish Test history?

Jarrod Kimber and Melinda Farrell tackle your questions on bowling attacks, Test debuts and knitwear


Tests come to Dublin

Ireland v Pakistan

From Joyce to Jedward

Ireland have always been a cricketing nation


'It was emotional...a really proud day'

Ireland's Gary Wilson and Tim Murtagh reflect on how it felt to finally become Test cricketers


'It's been a hell of an effort' - Porterfield

Ireland captain Will Porterfield reflects on the first day of play in Ireland's Test debut against Pakistan


Ireland cricket superfan 'proud' of Test status

Ireland cricket superfan Larry Leprechaun talks to Melinda Farrell to discuss his love for the Irish cricket


A family affair for Ireland

Irish cricket is full of family connections, as Alan Lewis, the O'Brien brothers and the Joyces explain


'Longest first ball in inaugural Test match history' - Murtagh

Gary Wilson and Tim Murtagh recap the bizarre start to Ireland's first-ever men's Test match when Imam-ul-Haq took a nasty blow


'Some will say it gives Ireland a chance to reach day five'

Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom remains upbeat despite a washout spoiling Ireland's scheduled first day of Test cricket


Malahide - the sights, the sounds, the seafood

Not familiar with the seaside town hosting Ireland's first ever men's Test match? Let Melinda Farrell give you the tour


PCB news

Pakistan cricket

PCB limits Pakistan players to two T20 leagues per year

Concerns over injuries prompted the board to impose such a restriction

Ireland open to touring Pakistan

Officials in both boards confirmed informal discussions but a timetable has not been finalised

Kent v Pakistan

Tour match, Canterbury

Joe Denly scores hundred as Pakistan, Kent play out draw

A match ruined by rain ended in an inevitable draw in Canterbury

Pakistan in England and Ireland

Team departs

Amir granted UK visa, to fly out on Wednesday

It is not clear why Amir's visa was issued later than the rest of the Pakistan squad's, but his arrival will boost an inexperienced pace attack

Pakistan tour of UK

Captain backs squad

Pak squad for Eng tour 'best of the best' - Sarfraz

The Pakistan captain believes extensive preparation in the lead up to Ireland's inaugural Test and two Tests in England will help team cope up with difficult challenges

Pakistan in England and Ireland

Squad news

Seen 'better players than Fawad' in last three years - Inzamam

The chief selector says the decision to omit Fawad Alam was based purely on merit

The mysterious snubbing of Fawad Alam

A look at Fawad Alam's record since his last Test match for Pakistan in November 2009

Not getting selected is upsetting - Fawad Alam

Pakistan batsman Fawad Alam says his job is to keep scoring runs in the domestic circuit and remain fit even if he is overlooked for selection


Pakistan in England and Ireland

Squad announcement

Was Arthur right to drop Wahab?

Looking at the data - and even elsewhere - the answer would seem to be no

Fakhar, Imam receive maiden call-ups for Ireland, England Tests

With Yasir Shah injured, Shadab Khan becomes the lead spinner. Left-arm quick Rahat Ali returns in place of the out-of-favour Wahab Riaz

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