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Home and Away Tests Since 2013

HOME ADVANTAGE In recent years there has been a continuing trend of teams performing better at home than abroad especially in test matches. Table 1 below highlights this fact that barring Zimbabwe,

Pakistan’s One-Day Blues

As Pakistan’s limited-over teams struggle to crack it in England, one must realise that the problem isn’t only about the lack of power hitters or bowling attacks. Or indeed Azhar Ali. In

Manchester Test Preview: A Pakistani Perspective

Pakistan’s win at Lord’s was a performance typical of the classic era Pakistani teams where the batsmen, even on flat wickets, usually scored just about enough runs to allow their bowlers to

First Test Report Card | Marks out of Ten

Mohammad Hafeez His solid 40 in the first innings gave Pakistan a much needed start after winning the toss. He is generally a safe pair of hands but his drop of Cook

A Lord’s Master class: Pakistan v England 2016, First Test , Day 1

If ever there was a setting for a fairytale, the first test of the tour at Lords provided us exactly that. The home of cricket where past greats including Tendulkar and Lara have

PSL: Early Days

PSL: Early Days Kamran Wasti Some disclaimers: 20-20 Cricket does not appeal to me. Since the whole thing started, I can actually list down the games, or chunks of games that I

To bat or not to bat…

Kamran Wasti Pakistan’s test captain Misbah ul Haq was in a position to enforce the follow-on on three occasions during the last season and on each occasion, decided not to. While it

On Azhar Ali, Misbah and the Rest

  Kamran Wasti This is a comeback. I had told myself that I would not bother to write because I had thankfully been able to get my Cricket books in a decent

Tornado Touchdown

Kamran Wasti I ate my words for lunch on Saturday. Many years ago, I slowly learned to appreciate good cricket. Of course while I would want Pakistan to win, learning to define

Not such a grassy wicket

David C. Furrows All sports evolve with time. That evolution may be due to advances in technology or fitness, or very occasionally due to changes in strategy and tactics. Skill levels rarely