We were hoping and expecting to have Osman Samiuddin, Cricinfo’s Pakistan editor, over here for their tour of England. But the visa people, in their utter ignorance and stupidity, have for whatever reason denied him entry (or it’s been delayed, or whatever). Ridiculous. Sid’s covering for him instead. In the meantime, have a read of an article Osman wrote for this year’s Almanack about the significance of religion in Pakistani cricket, which I mentioned earlier.