Ed Smith

Have pity on Pakistan

A life ban for the bowler Mohammad Amir would do little to punish the real villains, says Ed Smith. And now, more than ever, his country needs hope

Cricket is often said to be a game of inches. An inch is the difference between a fatal edge to the slips and a safe play-and-miss; an inch is the difference between being clean bowled and a mere dot ball; only an inch separates a no-ball from a legitimate delivery that could take a wicket.

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