On the Front Foot: Australia's stars are about to turn one-day game upside down

For cricket to prosper, it is frequently suggested that more former star players need to be involved in its running. This is worth remembering when examining the radical proposals for one-day cricket to be introduced in Australia this winter. In a revolutionary departure justified by the statement "The Public told us to act and we have", the competition is unrecognisable from anything seen before. It will be played over 45 overs, instead of the international standard of 50. But that is barely the half of it. Each side will have two innings of 20 and 25 overs but with 10 wickets spread across them. They can field 12 players but only 11 can bat and field. There will be no power plays but there will be fielding restrictions at the start of each innings. Bowlers may bowl up to 12 overs (for the first time in one-day cricket, sides can use a minimum of four bowlers, not five). A point will be awarded for a lead on first innings and four points for a win. All this and yet in Test cricket, if a bowler breaks down in the first over there is still no scope for a replacement. Of six voting members of the playing conditions panel four are former internationals – Mark Taylor, Matthew Hayden, Greg Chappell and Shane Warne. It may or may not work. Presumably it depends on whether anyone can work out what on earth is going off out there. The whole ethos of one-day cricket should lie in its simplicity.

Adrian Hamilton: The benighted lot of Pakistan

A little over a year ago, the Pakistan army launched a much-lauded (in the West at least) assault on the Taliban in the Swat Valley and North-West Pakistan. The result was well over a million civilians displaced and some 10,000 or more killed. Now the monsoons have come to the same people in the same area, killing at least 1,300 and affecting more than three million.

Cameron 'does not regret Pakistan comments'

David Cameron will try to assuage Pakistani fury over remarks linking the country with terrorism after its president arrives for a visit to Britain tomorrow.

Rain hampers plane crash recovery efforts

Emergency teams battled heavy rain and mud today to recover bodies strewn over hills overlooking the Pakistani capital after the country's worst plane crash.

Air traffic blunder may have caused crash that left 152 dead in Pakistan

Pakistan is marking a national day of mourning after the largest plane crash in the country's history yesterday left no survivors.

Passenger plane crashes near Islamabad

A passenger jet crashed into the hills overlooking Pakistan's capital amid poor weather today, killing all 152 people on board and blazing a path of devastation strewn with body parts and twisted metal wreckage.

Soldiers take joint action to tone down high-stepping

For decades, the high-stepping, border closing ceremony at Wagah-Attari has been an opportunity for both Indian and Pakistani soldiers to put on their most aggressive, intimidating display of martial rigour.

Afghan deal reopens trade route to Pakistan and India

Forty-six years after talks started, Afghanistan has struck a trade deal with Pakistan opening a direct route to India and calling to mind its past glories as the crossroads of Asia.

Leading article: The right kind of aid

For too long, US aid for Pakistan has meant aid for the military. Over the decades huge amounts of money have disappeared into the pockets of corrupt officials or – worse – ended up with the intelligence services, whose ties to the Taliban in neighbouring Afghanistan are now notorious. Too little went on improving the lives of ordinary people. Washington, fortunately, seems to have learned that lesson, however late in the day.

Public anger at US over bombing

Pakistanis lashed out at the US yesterday, blaming its alliance with their government and its presence in Afghanistan for spurring two suicide bombers to kill 42 people at the country's most important Sufi shrine.

C Uday Bhaskar: If the army returns, the Kashmiri tinderbox could ignite

There's a need for quick, credible and legitimate political intervention

Pakistan spies have 'seat on Taliban council'

Pakistan's notorious spy agency provides crucial funding and training to Taliban fighters operating inside Afghanistan and is represented on the movement's leadership council, according to a new report that says links between the two are deeper than previously believed.

Gunmen attack Nato trucks near Pakistan capital

Suspected Taliban gunmen in Pakistan set fire to more than 50 trucks carrying supplies for Western forces in Afghanistan, killing at least seven people in the first such attack near the capital, police said today.

US warns of terror link to catering firm

The US embassy has warned that terrorist groups may have "established links" to a high-class catering company based in the Pakistani capital.

Grandfather killed in Pakistan attack

A grandfather was beaten to death by armed robbers while visiting family in Pakistan.

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