ISLAMABAD Pakistani cricket team opened its Asia Cup campaign in a very positive note. Though the team failed to beat Sri Lanka, Captain Shahid Khan Afridi showed a very stunning performance and played the inning of his life. It was great to watch Afridi playing such a wonderful and controlled inning. It was a complete different inning if we look at his past and despite having injury, he played with utmost patience and authority. If things had gone in Pakistans way, we could have won the match. Afridi was carrying genuine injury but the Sri Lankan Captain refused to allow him a runner. As was earlier feared, Salman Butt couldnt cope with the burden of vice captainship. In fielding he dropped two crucial catches and later in batting he failed to open his account. Abdul Razzaq is a seasoned player and was more favourite for the slot of vice captain as he is an all-rounder and deserves an automatic selection in playing eleven. The run outs of Akmal brothers cost Pakistan the match. If one of them could have stayed at the crease with Afridi, the result might be completely different. The Pakistani batting order was also questionable and it was more appropriate if Shoaib Malik had opened the innings with Salman Butt, while Shahzaib Hassan and Umar Amin were more suitable in the middle order. They both wasted a lot of deliveries. Shoaib Malik has not played international cricket for a while and by opening the inning, he can consume some overs to regain his confidence. Despite being out of touch, Shoaib Akhtar bowled with sheer pace and accuracy and it proves that there is still some cricket left in him. The match losing against Sri Lanka is by no mean end of everything for Pakistan. The team can bounce back and now it has the ability to do so. Afridi needs to adopt more aggressive approach. Saeed Ajmal can be a trump card for Pakistan against India. Muhammad Asif is struggling at the moment. Ajmal is his automatic replacement. The team now cant afford any further adventurism. Instead of considering past repute, if someone is not performing well then one should be replaced immediately.