Hassan Cheema


Blame domestic cricket for Pakistan's losses
Blame domestic cricket for Pakistan's losses

The pitches don't encourage the development of world-class talent, so what can the captain, or anyone else, do?

Why Pakistan wanted to be Australia
Why Pakistan wanted to be Australia

For decades, the team from down under was held up as an example of everything Pakistan cricket needed to aspire to being. Things are a little different now

Is Pakistan's streak about to end?
Is Pakistan's streak about to end?

They've gone seven series without a loss for only the third time in their history, but this just might be as far as it goes this time

The myth of Pakistan's weak pace attack
The myth of Pakistan's weak pace attack

Sure the fast bowling unit picked for the New Zealand tour is second-string, but it has delivered more often than not

Why Pakistan cricket is stagnating
Why Pakistan cricket is stagnating

Looking at their "home" record brings to light a number of reasons why their one-day game, particularly, is leagues behind that of other teams

The Younification of Team Misbah
The Younification of Team Misbah

This Pakistan team's ability to prove people wrong time and again is remarkable. So also the shaping influence of two elder statesmen

The truth about Younis and Yasir
The truth about Younis and Yasir

Or, the Pakistani way of judging talent and contributions

Will the real Pakistan please stand up?
Will the real Pakistan please stand up?

The world watches to see whether they will validate their current form as one of the world's top teams or return in tatters, having become tabloid fodder

How important is the England tour for Pakistan?
How important is the England tour for Pakistan?

It just might be their most significant series in years - not that you could tell by the way they've gone about preparing for it

Pakistan's soft coup
Pakistan's soft coup

That the PCB is implementing some of former coach Waqar Younis' recommendations is good news. But will the optimism last?

Why aren't Pakistan's captaincy candidates getting the grooming they need?
Why aren't Pakistan's captaincy candidates getting the grooming they need?

Yet again, like with so much else, the PCB has missed a trick

Pakistan are built to fail in T20
Pakistan are built to fail in T20

Their cricket culture, their selections and their approach to limited-overs cricket are all anachronistic

What the Afridi-Nazir partnership reveals about memory and Pakistan
What the Afridi-Nazir partnership reveals about memory and Pakistan

That there's a difference between truth and fact

The contrasting halves of Pakistan's T20 history
The contrasting halves of Pakistan's T20 history

They were the best team in the format till the 2010 World T20. Since then, things have been particularly bad

Pakistani cricket ads: what we remember
Pakistani cricket ads: what we remember

One of the best ways to gauge the evolution of the relationship of the fan with the national team is to look at the history of the country's cricket ads

A tale of two Pakistani bowlers
A tale of two Pakistani bowlers

The two Mohammads, Irfan and Amir, are a study in contrasts in terms of how they are perceived

The curious case of Younis Khan's ODI career
The curious case of Younis Khan's ODI career

They said he would never make it as a Test batsman, but he proved them wrong. He couldn't quite do it in 50-overs cricket, though

Pakistan overachievers? Who'd have thought it?
Pakistan overachievers? Who'd have thought it?

Over the last five years they have won over half their away series and have not been beaten at home. It is a stark contrast to what went before

Young Pakistan can find stability in anarchy
Young Pakistan can find stability in anarchy

The domestic stars coming into the national set-up need to find a way to get over their initial form slumps and adapt to stay in the side

Peshawar's smart Pathan boys are challenging conventions
Peshawar's smart Pathan boys are challenging conventions

They may not get a franchise to themselves, but they have shown through teamwork, discipline and an unorthodox coach that Pakistan's new T20 league needs them