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Harsha Bhogle
Prem Panicker
Sujata Prakash
Abhilasha Khaitan

Duels in the Desert

Pak pip Proteas, take Sharjah trophy
Shahid Afridi, Inzamam ul Haq and Imran Nazir with the bat. And Waqar Younis, reborn to renewed glory, with the ball. On the day, Pakistan packed the big guns where it mattered, and South Africa for the second game in succession, found itself on the losing end. Prem Panicker reports on the final

Waqar says he was treated badly
The fast bowler, who completed 300 wickets the other day, says he could have attained the feat much earlier but for various factors.

'There is more talent in Pakistan than anywhere in the world'
Lieutenant General Tauriq Zia, president of the Pakistan Cricket Board, tells Faisal Shariff about his plans for the game in his country.

'Bobby Simpson tried to ruin my career'
Pakistan pace sensation Shoaib Akhtar, in an exclusive interview with Faisal Shariff, talks about the chucking controversy, his ban and the fear that stalked him at the time.

Don't blame Ganesh
Armchair Expert looks at India's showing in Sharjah. And says the beating has proved one thing -- that winning the one-day series against South Africa had, perhaps, everything to do with our pitches.

Shoaib burst powers Pak win over SA
An over that produced three wickets effectively broke the back of the Proteas' resistance.

Pati, Patni or Woh?
Armchair Expert on the cricket effect; the frenzy it drives people to. And the women it ignores.

India knocked out of Sharjah tournament
There must be some way of beating the Proteas in Sharjah -- but whatever it is, India hasn't figured it out yet. Another day, another defeat, and the prospect -- barring the miraculous -- of an early end to a traumatic season. Prem Panicker reports

My hundred per cent man!
No, it's not Tendulkar or Ganguly or Dravid. For Harsha Bhogle, it's Robin Singh. Because he always keeps trying, and trying.

The Umpire strikes back
Armchair Expert muses on the umpiring in the ongoing Australia-New Zealand Test series in Kiwiland, and sees the Aussies, perhaps for the first time, feeling the wrong end of the stick.

'Cornered tigers' maul India
It was Imran Khan who, in the 1992 World Cup, likened his team to cornered tigers as they clawed back from a seemingly impossible position. Moin Khan, then a young whippersnapper making his bones in the side, today emulated his erstwhile captain and led Pakistan to a thumping win to bring the side right back into contention in the ongoing triseries. His main hatchetmen -- vice captain Inzamam with the bat, Waqar Younis with the ball. Prem Panicker reports

Akram, Akhtar likely for return match
Pakistan need to beat India to stay in the race.

Proteas do down Pakistan again
Talk of winning streaks -- South Africa completed its 14th successive win over Pakistan in ODIs, thanks to a fine bowling performance and some nerveless batting at the death. Prem Panicker reports

'Cricketers are professionals and they have to learn to play on any surface that is given to them'
Asif Iqbal, in the second part of his interview with Faisal Shariff, talks about playing conditions, neutral umpires and match-fixing.

Woe and behold!
Sujata Prakash questions the secretive approach of the BCCI. And appeals for openness and planning if it hopes to defend, uphold and promote the glorious game of cricket in India.

India beat Pak by 5 wickets
A superb bowling and fielding performance, and a fine 50 by Azhar, saw India bounce back from yesterday's defeat to prevail over Pakistan by 5 wickets, and put two points against its name in the Sharjah triseries. Prem Panicker reports

Miandad confident of doing well
The Pakistan coach dismissed suggestions that his relations with senior players in the team all are not too well.

Proteas go one up
The South Africans, on the losing side just a few days ago, comprehensively outplayed India with ball and bat, to take a 1-0 headstart in the Sharjah triseries. Prem Panicker reports

Fans' support inspired me: Azhar
The former India skipper says that at no point of time did he think of quitting after being dropped from the Indian team.

Tendulkar 9000-up
A statistical summary of the master batsman's runs scored against each country.

Sharjah highs and lows
Statistical summary of the matches played thus far.

Which player has the distinction of appearing in maximum one-day matches at Sharjah?
M Azharuddin
Wasim Akram
Salim Malik
Audio Interviews
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T Kumaran
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