articles by Hassan Cheema

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Australia vs Pakistan: What has gone wrong for visitors in their trips Down Under in last two decades?

Unable to out-bat them, unable to bowl them out quickly, unable to cope with the constant pressure — Pakistan are simply unable to compete with Australia in Australia. And until something dramatic happens, that is unlikely to change anytime soon.

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Pakistan vs Sri Lanka: Dwindling attendance, poor T20 performance; series leaves more questions than answers for PCB and new management

A series that wasn’t supposed to happen ended up leaving Pakistan with more questions to ponder than they would have expected.

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Abdul Qadir troubled the rampaging West Indies of 1980s and revived the dying art of leg spin bowling

Abdul Qadir was one of the pillars of the best Test side from Pakistan. From 1985 to 1990 Pakistan went unbeaten for 10 series in a row – a team renowned for its inconsistency had its most consistent run

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Pakistan Review: Tournament marked with what-ifs ends with promises for future

In the end, it appears the ideal end to the World Cup for Pakistan — they’ve done enough to leave with their heads high, there isn’t a single team that has knocked them out, and their fans and media have enough grievances to fuel them until the next major event. Everyone gets something they desired.

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Calm and confident Imad Wasim carves own identity with match-winning knock against Afghanistan

Imad Wasim has his moment, his innings, the match he can point to, whether it's in dressing rooms throughout the world or when he’s arguing about his value in Pakistan.

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Pakistan vs New Zealand, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Babar Azam defies odds, silences doubters with match-winning show

For someone as gifted as him, in a country as devoid of quality batsmen, Babar has had a lot of grief. He is the best pure player Pakistan have had since Mohammad Yousuf; the best player of fast bowling since Inzamam Ul Haq. But he has had questions

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Pakistan vs South Africa, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Missing pieces finally come together as Sarfaraz Ahmed's men live to fight another day

In the two years leading up to the World Cup, much of Pakistan’s concerns had been about their new-ball bowlers, particularly Mohammad Amir. Here, he took a wicket with his first ball after out of favour Haris Sohail led them to 308/7.

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India vs Pakistan, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Insipid loss exposes glaring gaps in Sarfaraz Ahmed's captaincy and planning

From team selection to tactical decisions, Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed was found wanting on a number of counts in the crucial clash against India on Sunday. There were misfields and missed run outs, although thankfully no dropped catches to report this time around. But at the end of it, India had still set them a smaller target than what they had set India just two years ago; still, it didn't matter.

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Behind Pakistan's decline in international cricket, sorry history of domestic decadence

The more you learn about the domestic game in Pakistan the more you realise how much of a miracle it is that just over the past five years that Pakistan have topped the ICC Test and T20I rankings and won the Champions Trophy. Yet these are oases in the desert.

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India vs Pakistan, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Pakistan aim to undo systemic mediocrity with historic win over ever-evolving neighbours

India versus Pakistan is a match between a team built upon a systemic revolution, one that has followed the zeitgeist and remained at the head of it; against a team that only now seems to be waking up to the fact that the world has passed them by.

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Australia vs Pakistan, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Sarfaraz Ahmed's men fail to seize 'winning moments' to stumble once again

The second half of Pakistan's innings against Australia still seemed like an exercise in futility. A foundation upon which a monument to what-ifs can be built.

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England vs Pakistan, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Sarfraz Ahmed's team slays Goliath as missing pieces come together to complete memorable jigsaw

Pakistan's match against England was a game between a team that believed it was on the path of destiny against a side that felt like it was being led by Charon across the Styx. Yet, the proverbial David slayed the Goliath to live another day.

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Pakistan roll back years by resorting to conservatism in opening match against West Indies

Pakistan, a team built on conservative choices, ended up with the result that conservative choices tend to lead to.

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: With hopes pinned on Hasan Ali and Babar Azam, mediocre Pakistan could exceed expectations

Regardless of what happens in the tournament, Pakistan can at least be assured that once it is over they can finally go back to their world of mid-table mediocrity that they seem so comfortable in.

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Uncommon predictability and logic of Pakistan's squad is surprising despite exclusion of Mohammad Amir

In the end, there was no real surprise, perhaps with the exception of Mohammad Amir’s exclusion. But for anyone who has followed Pakistan cricket, or particularly the media around it, over the past nine months the normalcy of the squad did come as a surprise – none more so than with the captain.

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Pakistan vs New Zealand: Home series loss for Sarfraz Ahmed and Co against Kiwis a throwback to uncertain times

Against New Zealand, in their first 'home' series loss to them in nearly 50 years, Pakistan frittered away advantages that could so easily have led to a clean sweep.

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Pakistan vs New Zealand: With 10 wickets in a day in Dubai, Yasir Shah sends strong reminder of his utility to team

By the end of Day 3 of the second Test between Pakistan and New Zealand in Dubai, the question was no longer about Yasir’s form, but exactly which records he had broken, and which he had missed out on. Yasir was, quite simply, Yasir again.

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How Sarfaraz Ahmed-led Pakistan side transformed from sheep to wolves in the T20 arena

Since Sarfaraz Ahmed’s appointment as captain, Pakistan have won 29 of their 33 T20Is and have been remarkably consistent in a format that is otherwise considered volatile.

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Pakistan vs Australia: Hosts' Test series win all about Sarfraz Ahmed's leadership, Mohammad Abbas' brilliance

While Sarfraz Ahmed was finally stepping up to what Pakistan demands of its captains, Mohammad Abbas was streets ahead of the rest as he collected 17 wickets on what isn't considered helpful surfaces.