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Afghanistan considers that Pakistan holds significant influence over Taliban, who are believed to launch attacks from bases in the country

Haroon Lorgat: 'I feel the time is right to move on'

Lorgat announces 2012 ICC exit

Haroon Lorgat announced today he will stand down as International Cricket Council chief executive when his term of office expires in June 2012.

John Arlott realised the wider impact D'Oliveira could have

Arlott opened door and then people's minds

South African was resigned to life as a printer in Cape Town until he wrote to great commentator

How Roebuck brilliantly summed up Ashes debacle for Australia

Peter Roebuck graced the cricket pages of 'The Independent' for several years. Here, we reproduce the final piece he wrote for us

South Africa's Vernon Philander celebrates Brad Haddin's wicket

Australians fall apart on amazing day

Tourists make 47, their fourth-worst Test score, as 23 wickets are taken in South Africa match

The Little Master, Sachin Tendulkar, milks the applause after reaching 15,000 Test runs

Tendulkar is the first to 15,000 Test runs

West Indies 304 & 180 India 209 & 152-2

Agent Mazhar Majeed leaves Westminster Magistrates court

Salman Butt 'was the inspiration' for Lord's spot-fixing

Agent claims former Pakistan captain and unnamed other player first approached him.

Rajan's Wrong 'Un: Ajmal's empty threats about aswelcome as cunning English plan

There has been much talk in cricket circles over the past few weeks of mystery deliveries. It started in August, when Pakistani off-spinner Saeed Ajmal said that he would unveil a "top-secret" delivery against England in the series early next year.

Sachin Tendulkar ruled out of one-day series

India batsman Sachin Tendulkar has been ruled out of the remainder of the one-day international series against England due to a toe injury, India's team manager Shivlal Yadav confirmed today.

India's sense of grievance grows as DRS decisions add to injuries

England flew from one end of the country to the other yesterday in the hope of starting their one-day series. Forecasts suggest they may be no luckier at the Rose Bowl in Hampshire tomorrow than they were at the Emirates ICG in Durham on Saturday.

England's reign is prolonged by rain

Patel's innings counts for little as depleted world champions are denied from a position of strength after an encouraging display with the bat

Inside Lines: Big brother Vitali puts his title at risk in political punch-up

Who says sport and politics don't mix? Carl Lewis is the latest sports star to join the political fray following Imran Khan who aims to become president of Pakistan and world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao who has similar ambitions in the Philippines, where he is a congressman.

India denied chance to claim win over England

India 274-7 (50 overs) v England 27-2 (7.2 overs) - no result

Series in short: how the players rated

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James Lawton: The boys of '66, Jonny in 2003... now all hail Strauss' men

By the time he came to The Oval, James Anderson had acquired the aura of a great bowler who had come to understand quite profoundly the extent of his powers

Dominic Lawson: Is there anyone who can give us a decent game of cricket?

In the month that the streets of our biggest cities have been disgraced and disfigured, this assertion of sporting supremacy acts as a tonic

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

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Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

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Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
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