Osman Samiuddin


Four-day Tests? Let's talk about the cricket calendar first
Four-day Tests? Let's talk about the cricket calendar first

There are bigger issues in cricket than how long the premier format should be. Scheduling is near the top of the list

How it feels to watch footage of the epic West Indies-Pakistan 1987-88 series today
How it feels to watch footage of the epic West Indies-Pakistan 1987-88 series today

A video highlights clip of the final day of the Barbados Test came to light recently. Is this a good thing?

Let's talk about elite honesty
Let's talk about elite honesty

Here's why it's sanctimonious, overweening, and a problem for Australia themselves

Why is the PCB sweeping the Qayyum report under the carpet?
Why is the PCB sweeping the Qayyum report under the carpet?

The board now acts almost like the revelations of corruption that came out about two decades ago never happened

What makes the left-arm wristspinner such a threat?
What makes the left-arm wristspinner such a threat?

A lot of it is down to rarity - the fact that there are, and have been, so few in the game

Can Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf give Pakistan the flexibility they need?
Can Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf give Pakistan the flexibility they need?

They boost the tail and offer valuable support to the overburdened bowling attack without breaking the Misbah Rule

Was Arthur right to drop Wahab?
Was Arthur right to drop Wahab?

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

What's with the sanctimony, Mr Waugh?
What's with the sanctimony, Mr Waugh?

If there's a problem with the Australian team's culture, Steve Waugh is as much to blame as any of the current players

In praise of Morkel
In praise of Morkel

It has been his fate to be seen as someone forever on the margins, but he has been everything quick bowling should be

How the PSL is bringing Pakistan's swag back
How the PSL is bringing Pakistan's swag back

The Misbah years were certainly not about it, but that quality, ineffably linked to Pakistan cricket, might be making a comeback

The fall of Umar Akmal
The fall of Umar Akmal

Once the bright young hope of Pakistan batting, he is now no more than an irrelevance

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

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

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

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

The fast man and the leggie
The fast man and the leggie

It's a bowling partnership not peculiar to Pakistan but highly identifiable with the country

Majid's plan for Pakistan cricket
Majid's plan for Pakistan cricket

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

How simple is spotting a no-ball?
How simple is spotting a no-ball?

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

Pakistan minus that old, eerie panic
Pakistan minus that old, eerie panic

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

Younis Khan's hard-earned hundred
Younis Khan's hard-earned hundred

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

An immense, nervy occasion
An immense, nervy occasion

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

The contradiction that is Ahmed Shehzad
The contradiction that is Ahmed Shehzad

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