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Pakistan emerge from spectre of terror

The most recent ball of Test cricket that was seen in Pakistan, more than ten years ago, was a needless, self-inflicted run-out. Khurram Manzoor tickled a ball from Muttiah Muralitharan around the corner to short fine leg and called a quick single, only to see his opening partner, Salman Butt, run out by a direct hit from Mahela Jayawardena. It was, noted the writer Osman Samiuddin, a moment “pregnant with symbolism”.

It is likely that few remember it, because nobody remembers the second Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, in March 2009, for the cricket. Nobody remembers that Thilan Samaraweera scored a double hundred, nor that there were hundreds for Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara, nor that Umar Gul toiled through 37 overs for…

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