ISLAMABAD - Poor team selection and usual pathetic batting led to the downfall of Pakistan in the third and final One Day International against South Africa, ending green caps dream of inflicting whitewash on the mighty Proetas in their own backyard.

Pakistan Cricket Board must seek explanation from team management as why and on what grounds, four changes were made in the team, which was totally unwanted and uncalled for. Nasir Jamshed was completely out of form and Junaid was injured, but what happened to Hafeez and Afridi? It was the need of the hour to have Hafeez and Afridi in the team, as Hafeez's nemeses Steyn was not in the South African squad and the backbone of South African batting Kallis was also out, that was arguably the one and only golden chance for men in green to inflict whitewash.

Ahmed Shahzad had habit of throwing his wicket cheaply, whenever he played an outstanding innings in the previous match. Asad Shafiq was out of form since long, but reasons best known to team management, especially manager Moin Khan, he was included in the playing XI and was sent at number 3, the most important place to bat at. The result was not too difficult to judge as Asad got out very cheaply thus putting the entire batting under enormous pressure to which team never come out.

Misbah once again shut his critics mouths up with sensational batting display. Had Misbah not played that innings, Pakistan batting could have folded under 100 runs. The highest partnership came from a very unlikely pair, Misbah and Rehman, who added valuable 51 runs for the 8th wicket stand. Some simple questions are needed to be answered by team management and especially the batsmen. What is the purpose of having an army of officials sitting in the dressing room, if they can't rectify mistakes committed again and again by batsmen? These so-called officials role looks not more than joking and enjoying free joy rides.

Despite being fully aware of the fact that opponents had placed a slip fielder, the batsmen continue to play off side deliveries, which resulted in a simple routine catches. Sohaib Maqsood despite surviving the initial hostile bowling spell could resist temptation and got out now on number of occasions on same kind of stroke, which led to his downfall.

It was for the first time that Pakistan had a golden chance of inflicting whitewash on South Africa, as they were without the services of their key players. But instead of going all out for a kill, team management opted to field a below strength team, which failed miserably to deliver and handle the pressure. Pakistani bowlers once again lived up to the expectations and managed to take six wickets in defending low par total.

Umer Amin was playing exceptional cricket after his return to national side but unnecessary rumors were spread describing Umar the future Pakistan skipper, which instead of having positive impact, left negative effects as Umar fail to handle the off field pressure and his batting is going from bad to worse. The PCB should have intervened and quell all such rumors.

In the past too, whenever a player started to excel, hidden hands started their negative tactics, which resulted in player's complete disappearance from all forms of cricket. It was a completely different Misbah witnessed in the South African series as he adopted an aggressive attitude, which was never witnessed previously and to his great credit, Misbah lifted the morale of the team.