Afghanistan considers that Pakistan holds significant influence over Taliban, who are believed to launch attacks from bases in the country
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Friday 17 June 2011
Ricky Ponting admits he was surprised by Cricket Australia's decision to drop opener Simon Katich from their list of contracted players.
Wednesday 15 June 2011
County cricketers have been warned about their behaviour. With five players found guilty this week of showing dissent at umpires' decisions the game is determined to prevent it spreading.
Wednesday 08 June 2011
England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has been told he "should be more careful in future" after being reprimanded by the International Cricket Council following an incident at Lord's yesterday in which a dressing room window was smashed.
Monday 06 June 2011
Monday 06 June 2011
The reported killing of Ilyas Kashmiri – a high-profile al-Qa'ida leader who had even been tipped to assume the top spot – by a CIA drone in Pakistan's South Waziristan province marks a major success for Washington, coming just over a month after the death of Osama bin Laden.
Sunday 05 June 2011
There's a scene towards the end of Fire in Babylon when Bunny Wailer (of Bob Marley's band) stops berating his dogs and says of Viv Richards: "If he had not gone into cricket, he would surely have been a dreadlock rasta man. Real deal." It's a delightful moment that had the audience cracking up. But you couldn't help thinking how different things might have been if the Master Blaster had just sat around all day smoking big spliffs rather than flaying England's bowlers to all parts.
Sunday 29 May 2011
The resurgence of spin bowling in the past couple of decades has been a joy to behold, and in Amol Rajan the twirlers have found a historian worthy of their deceptive art.
Thursday 26 May 2011
James Corden endeared himself to the public as Timms, one of the sixth-formers in Alan Bennett's 2004 hit The History Boys. Since then, with the sitcom Gavin & Stacey honourably excepted, his rather cocky and overbearing presence on jokey sports quizzes and at fractious award ceremonies has not been madly edifying. So it is a pleasure to report that he makes a triumphant comic return to the National as the hapless, over-stretched, two-timing servant in One Man, Two Guvnors, a deliriously daft and diabolically joke stuffed entertainment by Richard Bean that shifts Goldoni's 1743 commedia dell'arte play, The Servant of Two Masters, from Venice to the Brighton underworld of 1963.
Monday 16 May 2011
There is a feeling abroad that Sri Lanka are here for the taking. It is a mystery why this should be but it is indubitably so.
Thursday 12 May 2011
Tuesday 03 May 2011
The president of Pakistan has dismissed claims that his country harboured Osama bin Laden as "baseless speculation" as America said it was determined to find out how the figurehead remained undetected.
Sunday 01 May 2011
Simon Raven was a cad. He had a passion for privilege, no sense of obligation, a fondness for beans on toast, and too much guilt about tipping waiters to be regarded as a gentleman.
Monday 25 April 2011
Imran Khan, Pakistan's cricket legend turned politician, challenged his government to "come clean" on their support of CIA-operated drone strikes during a protest which shut down NATO supply routes to Afghanistan for two days.
Wednesday 20 April 2011
Pink or orange balls appear to be the most likely to be used in day-night Test matches as the International Cricket Council continues to carry out trials.
Sunday 17 April 2011
Weather has more of an influence on cricket than any other game, so it's surprising that it took until the end of the last millennium to devise a statistically sound – and fair – method of re-setting targets in rain-affected one-day games.
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