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At the best of times, Pakistan cricket is a hotbed of controversy, conspiracy and allegations and counter-allegations. At a time when the national team has just lost a Test match against Australia in Australia that it had no business losing, the normal chaos is multiplied by ten.

The latest is the case of Kamran Akmal. Kamran, by any cricketing reckoning, had a shocker behind the stumps at Sydney. However, it now appears possible that in spite of the PCB explicitly flying Sarfaraz Ahmed over to Australia so that he could replace Kamran, that might not happen for the third Test.

Source : http://www.cricbuzz.com/component/latest_cricket_news/Story/23139

Could you please explain to me the emboldened parts?
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Hi,

At the best of times, even when things are going as well as possible

Pakistan cricket is a hotbed of controversy, conspiracy and allegations and counter-allegations. At a time when the national team has just lost a Test match against Australia in Australia that it had no business losing, the normal chaos is multiplied by ten.

The latest is the case of Kamran Akmal. Kamran, by any cricketing reckoning, had a shocker in this context, it sounds like he played in a surprisingly bad way

behind the stumps at Sydney. However, it now appears possible that in spite of the PCB explicitly flying Sarfaraz Ahmed over to Australia so that he could replace Kamran, that might not happen for the third Test.

Source : http://www.cricbuzz.com/component/latest_cricket_news/Story/23139

Could you please explain to me the emboldened parts?

Clive
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Thanks Clive a lot.

I wonder what you mean by "even when things are going as well as possible".

Does it mean "Even when things are going well"?

Sorry if I'm a stupid here but I really can't understand it.
Hi,

I wonder what you mean by "even when things are going as well as possible".

Does it mean "Even when things are going well"?

even when things are going as well as they can go

It makes 'well' a relative term.

eg Tom is an Olympic champion. He runs 100 meters in 9 seconds. He runs well.

eg Mike has lost his toes. He runs 100 meters in 40 seconds. He runs as well as possible.

Clive
Again, thanks a lot Clive.

Now I understand, in an otherwise, it means "as far as possible".
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