LAHORE - Five coaches, 15 players and 25 days, Pakistan team could manage just one victory against Sri Lanka in much favourable conditions. Bowling, batting, fielding or planning, what was the root cause behind this debacle, this question kept the team of coaches guessing about.

This horrible defeat erupted at the time when all the cricket-playing nations are busy in their World Cup preparations; especially India playing against the strong opponents England in comparatively very tough conditions. By winning one-day series, India proved their credibility and signalled how much they are ready to defend them in the mega event.

Bowling is always said to be the strength of Pakistan team but this tour of Sri Lanka unveiled this weakness too. Both in Test and ODIs, the bowlers remained straggling against Lankan batsman even Saeed Ajmal seemed having lost his magic.

The only bowler who seemed much improved was Wahab Riaz just because the Lankans didn’t do much planning against him, as their main focus was Ajmal. Wahab bowled brilliantly and managed to grab eight wickets in the ODI series. In the two-match Test series, Wahab was dropped in the first, while in the second Test, he proved the decision of his inclusion right by claiming six wickets three each in both the innings.

This disgraceful performance by the bowlers not only exposed their strength but also showed Sri Lankan batting strength and their planning which paid off in the shape of Test and ODI series victories.

All the junior and senior players' bat remained silent and could not show the much-needed class except the notable innings of Fawad Alam and Sohaib Maqsood. But in the series, the latter could not help the team score crucial victories.

Misbah himself accepted that he was not too good with bat in this series, but also clarified that it is now the things of past, the players should now think about future and play their role professionally.

Umar Akmal was a big flop with bat and his series of flop innings will certainly compel the selectors to replace him with Sarfraz Ahmad.

The ever weak element of Pakistan team is the fielding. This problem will not be an easy task to resolve for trainer-cum-fielding coach Grant Luden. When we see the fielding performance of Sri Lanka, it seems perfect as they didn’t bother to drop a single catch throughout the series.

One of the major reasons behind Pakistan debacle is less cricket, they have played. They played after a gap of around six months that too against Sri Lanka which was in greater form and recently defeated England, so it was really a tough task for green shirts. The more cricket they will play, the better results they will produce.

If we talk about selection committee and selection of the team, it raises too many questions. It is being in the air that Waqar Younis and Moin Khan interrupted too much as far as team selection is concerned which is the major reason behind team’s defeats at the hands of Lankan Tigers.  Moin Khan was always a bad choice to head the selection committee. We need someone progressive who could go for some new talent in such low-key series. For four years, Fawad Alam has been knocking at the door with his sterling performances in domestic cricket, and now when he gets into the team, result is obvious to everyone.

The need of the hour is to induct young talent in such low-key series and youngsters like Sami Aslam must be given confidence and prepared for the upcoming World Cup but unfortunately, we go on with players like Sharjeel who have failed again and again. From the recent performances and the look of the squad, it’s too tough for the team to reach semifinals in the World Cup.  It is direly needed to revisit our strategy and policies before it is too late. An army of coaches won't make any difference unless we give chance to the deserving players. Misbah needs to understand that what he is doing, and what he has to do as a player and a captain. An overhaul is the need of the hour before we go for 2015 World Cup.