In sporting terms, the Pakistani cricket team is unlike any other national side. A more accurate comparison might be struck with South American footballing giants such as Brazil and Argentina. Abundant in natural talent, the Pakistani team has demonstrated extraordinary skill, resolve and flair during its 60 years of existence, yet it has also been marred by obduracy, vanity, underinvestment and corruption. All these attributes and ailments have, on occasion, surfaced within the space of a single game.
Review: Pakistan's cricketing history
Wounded Tiger: The History of Cricket in Pakistan Peter Oborne, Simon & Schuster, £25.00