Misbah-ul-Haq: a Twenty20 specialist

There’s a difference between being a Twenty20 specialist from county cricket and being an international-standard Twenty20 specialist. If you’re the former, you don’t really qualify for consideration in the latter category. There’s a kind of minimum skill level that’s essential. Ask England. We mention Misbah-ul-Haq and his handiness for the

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Shahid Afridi the bowler

Shahid Afridi seems to be quite the Twenty20 bowler. As skchai said in the comments: “Perhaps that is another aspect of his “Afridiness” – he is only effective bowling to other Afridis (not the members of his Pashtun clan, but rather players who play like him).” Perhaps the ‘what would

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Shahid Afridi starts his World Cup

Because the Twenty20 World Cup is Shahid Afridi’s, surely. Against Scotland yesterday, he hit 22 off seven balls, which is actually useful in Twenty20 cricket and then took 4-19, which is useful in any form of cricket. We originally thought that Twenty20 cricket wouldn’t show Afridi in his best light.

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Abdul Razzaq retires

Wizened, 27-year-old, schizophrenic batsman cum solid, dependable bowler, Abdul Razzaq, has retired from international cricket. There are two ways of looking at this. The first way is to say that he’s had a big barny with the Pakistani cricket board. This might have started because he was talking to the

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