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Now that we've all survived the World Cup, it's time for issue nine of the Cricket Monthly. If you're late to the party, check out our first eight issues, here.

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In the April issue:

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The anti-Imran

Hassan Cheema tells the story of Misbah-ul-Haq, the most un-Pakistani of Pakistan captains: a man of numbers, of reason and logic; a man who brings his snooker skills to his reading of cricket on the field; a man who leads by calmness, by committee, by performance. However conflicted Pakistan may be about him now, as is the case with most Pakistani greats, his legacy will likely become greater as the years pass.

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The bat wallahs

Jammu and Kashmir cricket's current golden generation is one that treads the fine line between loyalty and ambition. Sharda Ugra travels to Anantnag, Srinagar, Bijbehara and points between in the quest for the knotty truth about cricket in the state.

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Dutch dip

Netherlands were once a top Associate side who made a bit of a habit of embarrassing England at world events. But losing their ODI status and missing the World Cup could be the first signs of a deeper fade, says Peter Miller.

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Rocking to the papare beat

In the stands in Sri Lanka, the party never stops, Alan Gardner discovers. To watch a match anywhere on the island is to immerse oneself in the country's signature sound of celebration, and to know that even if the ship sinks, the party will go on.

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The madness of the fast bowler

You have to be abnormal to bowl quick, Shoaib Akhtar tells Sidharth Monga. Why else would you crawl out of bed in pain in the morning and then put your body through contortions it was never meant to perform?

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The most significant number

Bradman's average. Sobers' top Test score. The number of years West Indies were unbeaten for. Just some of the answers we received from our jury of David Frith, Steven Lynch, S Rajesh, Fazeer Mohammed and Vithushan Ehantharajah.

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What can F1 teach cricket?

Bernie Ecclestone is the the Svengali of Formula One, a man who has managed to convince the world that his product is indispensable. Andrew Miller asks if cricket can take a leaf out of his book. And would it be financially worthwhile to do so?

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Nothing encapsulates the battle for cricket's soul as much as debates about the IPL. Kartikeya Date and Freddie Wilde take up cudgels.
Champagne moments: victory is the theme of this month's photo feature.
Sport is brutal, unforgiving and unjust, but that's because we won't have it any other way, Simon Barnes says.
Hate to Love: Barney Ronay on Mike Gatting, an unfortunate reminder of a very English kind of failure.
How many did Graeme Smith get right in our video quiz?
Shot Stories: the Waugh twins, a botched call, a run-out.
Luke Alfred on what the struggle to open and run a museum for Cricket South Africa taught him about the country's attitudes to the past.
The most inspired captaincy decisions: Mike Jakeman picks five.
Golfer Gary Player talks cricket in the Essentials interview.
The match that changed Graham Gooch's life.
And Imran Yusuf watches India v Pakistan in a psych ward and writes about it.
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