Bharti statement seems singularly irrelevant
Bharti statement seems singularly irrelevant

The Indian Sports Minister Uma Bharti has once again confirmed India's determination not to play cricket against Pakistan

CBFS should have been more accommodating
CBFS should have been more accommodating

England has already arrived in India and Australia has announced that it will go ahead with its tour of strife-torn Zimbabwe

Accepting neutral venue dangerous precedent
Accepting neutral venue dangerous precedent

I must confess to be baffled by the reluctance of the West Indies to tour Pakistan

South Africa not second best team
South Africa not second best team

If it's working, don't try and fix it

Vaughan dismissal, leg theory legitimate tactics
Vaughan dismissal, leg theory legitimate tactics

There was nothing unsporting about the way of the Michael Vaughan dismissal, handling the ball and there was nothing unsporting about Ashley Giles bowling to Sachin Tendulkar, so-called leg theory

Misbehaviour of players on field on the rise
Misbehaviour of players on field on the rise

I think that the ICC umpire, Ian Robinson of Zimbabwe should thank his lucky stars that he was standing in a Test match that involved New Zealand and not South Africa

ICC has penchant for shooting itself in the foot
ICC has penchant for shooting itself in the foot

We have this extraordinary situation

Test cricket should not be jazzed up
Test cricket should not be jazzed up

Beyond Sri Lanka's Under-19 tour of Pakistan, the international scene is quiet in Pakistan

ICC bears similarity to United Nations
ICC bears similarity to United Nations

Shoaib Akhtar's bowling action has become a permanent feature of international cricket, not dissimilar to a television serial

Wasim's Sharjah spell was most magical
Wasim's Sharjah spell was most magical

I think that television footage of Wasim Akram's spell of six overs for seven runs against Sri Lanka should be sent to all those learned critics who have been shouting from housetops that this great fast bowler is over the hill

Players need protection from accusers
Players need protection from accusers

Just as well that there was no ICC Anti-corruption Unit in the times of David and Goliath

Disturbances report greatly exaggerated
Disturbances report greatly exaggerated

All the signs are there that the Sharjah tournament will go ahead, the most positive of which is that Pakistan has announced its squad

Some doubts about Sharjah tournament
Some doubts about Sharjah tournament

All things considered, it was just as well that Sri Lanka opted not to tour Pakistan to play three One-day Internationals

Sooner world get back to routine the better
Sooner world get back to routine the better

Glued as we have all been to television watching on it, frightening pictures that have a surreal quality, there has been no time to watch sports and when I did turn on the television to watch the One-day International between South Africa and

Talented Taufeeq Umar holds out greatest promise
Talented Taufeeq Umar holds out greatest promise

Three Test matches last week and all three won or lost by an innings, Pakistan against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka against India and Australia against England

Going will be tough for minnows Bangladesh
Going will be tough for minnows Bangladesh

Bangladesh cricket has come a long way since I took a private team to Dhaka in 1985

Cricket has become part of Indian foreign policy
Cricket has become part of Indian foreign policy

As I write this, there is still no news whether India will play in the Asian Test Championship and I am frankly at a total loss for words

Wasim should be an automatic selection
Wasim should be an automatic selection

A hale and hearty Mark Twain decried reports of his death as "slightly exaggerated." I can't help feeling that speculation that Wasim Akram's career may be over comes in a similar category

Wisden must do some soul-searching
Wisden must do some soul-searching

There would have been no fuss had someone else, other than Wisden, brought out a table or a ranking of the game's best batting and bowling performances

England face long, hot summer against Aussies
England face long, hot summer against Aussies

It's going to be a long, hot summer for England