ISLAMABAD - Pakistan cricket team’s senseless batting, poor captaincy and worst team planning helped Australia inflict whitewash on green shirts.

Green shirts snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Pakistan team selection was once again highly questionable, and it was hard to believe Misbah decided to take rest just because he was out of form, while other superstars including Shahid Afridi, Fawad Alam, Anwar Ali and Asad Shafique managed to retain their places.

If the selectors wanted to make some changes, they should have dropped any of these players, as it makes no sense of putting extra pressure on a regular skipper, who in the past had done wonders for the team and country and was given the captaincy at a time when Pakistan was down and out and controversies had surrounded Pakistan cricket team. Misbah had made some mistakes, but handing over captaincy to Afridi is highly questionable. On what grounds a player, who doesn’t deserve even a place in the playing XI, could be handed over such an important job?

A captain is supposed to lead from the front unlike Afridi, who never played for the country or the team, and never bothered about losing his wicket when he is direly needed by the team. Same happened in the third and last ODI. Had Afridi used commonsense, things could have been quite different, although Sohail Tanvir also committed a huge blunder while trying to hit the ball out of park, as he should have played for a single, but the lime share of defeat rests on the shoulders of Afridi, who should have utilised his options accordingly.

Ever since Moin Khan is appointed for dual role, it was his top priority to select the team mainly from a certain province. Umar Akmal is probably world’s one and only batsman, who could have played regular cricket if he was born in other part of the world and could have been one of the most strong candidates for the captaincy job, but things are totally different when it comes to Pakistan. Decisions are made in haste and personal egos overshadow the country’s image and requirements. On what grounds the selectors dropped Umar Akmal from the last and crucial match, and why Fawad Alam, Asad and Anwar Ali were given nod, as all were big flops.

Afridi was a big flop in his first stint as captain, but certain lobby always remained active to reinstate him as a captain. First, they managed to get T20 captaincy for Afirdi and now they are all set to help him get ODI captaincy. Why action is not taken against Moin Khan, who is solely responsible for the team’s poor results, and why does the PCB still believe in Moin’s over the moon abilities?

Pakistan team can’t beat well under strength Kangroos and that too in UAE supporting tracks, then how could it be possible for them to beat mighty South Africa and other cricketing giants. Things are looking bleak, if Pakistan team management is not changed with immediate effect, it will take a miracle for green shirts to move beyond the group stage in the next year’s World Cup. There is no hope under these tainted persons, who just have one mission and that is to destroy Pakistan cricket in which they are so far quite successful. Any further delays in taking action against these flopped persons can further aggravate the situation. The masses are already very upset, and if decisions were not taken quickly, things can get out of PCB’s control.

In such circumstances, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) patron Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is the real hope who must look into this matter, as World Cup is round the corner and the Pakistan honour is at stake, and his timely intervention only can save the sinking ship of Pakistan cricket.