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

Ricky Ponting stunned by Simon Katich axing from Australia team

Ricky Ponting admits he was surprised by Cricket Australia's decision to drop opener Simon Katich from their list of contracted players.

ECB crackdown after five players show dissent to umpires

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.

Matt Prior warned after smashed window

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.

Rajan's Wrong 'Un: Afridi's row sparks yet more politics and palaver in Pakistan

Afridi can be prickly but the significance of this lies in the continuation of a sordid pattern.

Pakistan is '98% sure' US drone killed militant leader

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.

Sport on Film: Pitch battle that rightly gives Windies their place in history

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.

Twirlymen, by Amol Rajan

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.

One Man, Two Guvnors, National Theatre: Lyttelton, London

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.

Dashing Dilshan makes his point in timely style

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.

Rana channels spirit of Imran to make Notts toil

Sussex 304 Nottinghamshire 145 & 135-2

Pakistan's president denies harboring Bin Laden

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.

Invisible Ink: No 75 - Simon Raven

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.

Imran Khan urges Pakistan to speak out over US drone strikes

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.

Pink balls set for Test cricket introduction

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.

Hardeep Singh Kohli: Ignore cricketers. Listen to, er... a comedian

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