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Good light stopped play

  Manchester folk don’t have a lot to smile about. They get the worst weather in the northern hemisphere and they get invaded by thousands of Japanese tourists every time one of their football teams (the one that wears red) has a home game. Those who attended the county championship division one encounter between Lancs and Notts on Tuesday had even more reason to reach for a noose and the nearest chair. Having endured apocalyptic rain all morning, they finally got to see some cricket at 4pm...

Twittergate – scorned stars are spitting the Dimi

It seems as though every cricketer is having his say about Geoff Miller at the moment. Although Twitter is the usual place to do it, its one hundred and forty characters isn’t anywhere near enough space to give the selectors the barrage of foul and abusive language they surely deserve. Therefore we’re going to use the Full Toss to express our wrath. Dimi Mascarenhas and Kevin Pietersen don’t have the luxury of their own cricket blogs, but we do. Ok, we admit that KP has a website, but we know...

Yasir Hameed on the spot in new match fixing allegations

Either some of Pakistan’s cricketers are a little bit slow or the News of the World are bloody good. My money’s on the latter. Cricket fans woke up this morning to the news that the paper has now got footage of Yasir Hameed making admissions about alleged corruption in cricket. The Pakistani batsman seems to claim that fixing of some description happens in ‘almost every match’. The grainy images also appeared to show Hameed admitting that the Sydney Test between Pakistan and Australia was...

Young and innocent – the latest on the spot-fixing scandal, plus a tribute (of sorts) to Owais Shah

Mohammad Amir, Salman Butt and, to a lesser extent, Mohammad Asif, are young cricketers. To a man, or boy, they are suffering under the strain of the recent spot fixing allegations. This is why, according to Wajid Shamsul Hasan, Pakistan’s high commissioner to the UK, they have been withdrawn from the forthcoming ODI series against England. Asif has been embroiled in controversy before – having previously served a ban for using a prohibited substance – however this will be an...

Pakistan lose the plot, but filmmakers may have found one

Sorry Invictus fans, but I’ve got a better idea for a sports docudrama. We enjoyed watching Steve Bucknor fulfil his lifelong ambition of playing Nelson Mandela in Clint Eastwood’s recent film about the 1995 rugby world cup, but overall the film didn’t cut it. We wanted to see Brad Pitt play the chef who famously – sorry, I mean allegedly – poisoned the All Blacks on the eve of the final. Corruption and intrigue makes great viewing. That’s why I’m currently in discussions with a top Hollywood...

Pakistan need our support

Who’d be a Pakistan supporter? We might find it hard going sometimes as England fans, but can you imagine for a moment what it must be like in their camp right now? Due to terrorism, Pakistan can’t play at home, severely compromising their effectiveness. Their tour of Australia ended in a whitewash and acrimony. Captains resign every ten minutes. The PCB arbitrarily awards life bans to their best players. Their current batting line-up is mostly dreadful. The defeat at Lord’s...

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