ISLAMABAD - Senseless batting, pathetic team selection and ordinary bowling almost had cost Pakistan first Test. If bad light had not come to the rescue of green caps the first Test could have been ended into a total disaster.

Pakistani batsmen showed sheer madness, especially the way seniors Younus Khan and skipper Misbahul Haq just gifted their wickets on a platter was hard to believe. Pakistan batting was badly exposed by the English bowlers and also proved that Pakistanis are still unpredictable. After scoring more than 500 runs in the first innings, players got relaxed. They had assumed that they had almost won the battle. They forget that England had yet to bat and the way English batsmen especially skipper Alastair Cook played and showed how to lead from the front, it was remarkable. Had England scored quickly, they could have easily achieved the 99 runs target in around 10 overs but they started their run-chase keeping five runs an over target, which denied them from sure victory.

It was also a slap on the faces of so-called pundits, who termed Adil Rashid an ordinary, not more than club level bowler. The way the youngster bowled in the second innings, it was a treat to watch. It was a perfect reply by the leg spinner to his critics, who not even waited for the second innings and completely write off both Moin Ali and Adil. One thing is quite clear that it was not extra-ordinary English bowling but highly irresponsible batting by the Pakistani top and middle order in the second innings that triggered the collapse. Pakistan batsmen tried their level best to ensure England carved out a highly unlikely victory. Both Misbah and Younus played recklessly istead of prolonging their stay on the crease.

Asad Shafiq was a huge disappointment with the willow in the second innings despite making century in the first innings. Shan Masood failed to justify his place in the squad. Hafeez made huge blunder by running himself out while trying to steal an impossible single, that too in a Test match.

Pakistan selectors’ incompetence left the skipper with no choice but to go in the match with one spinner and three pacers as there is no cover for spinners in the team. Team management should have asked for a backup regular spinner and should not rely only on a part timer like Shoaib Malik. Zulfiqar Babar was also a huge disappointment. Immad Wasim could have served both purposes for the green caps. He is a pretty decent bowler and more than handy with the bat.

Yasir Shah's injury should not have been the end of the road. Earlier, the PCB ruined Saeed Ajmal by putting the whole pressure on him and unnecessary pressure on Yasir and high hopes on him could also destroy the youngster’s career.

The PCB should have prepared a balanced track rather than a dead wicket, which left Pakistani fast bowlers badly exposed and served no purpose to the game. Pakistan were unlucky to have to face the English bowlers in last session of the fifth day on a weary and teary pitch. English bowlers exposed the conditions well as soon as the ball got old a luxury which was denied to Pakistan bowlers in second innings. However, the lady luck compensated Pakistan heavily with bad light coming to rescue them.

Now Pakistan must put everything behind and entered second Test with positive frame of mind. The team selection must be made according to requirement rather than obliging few certain individuals. There is an urgent need of sending a specialist spinner as back up to both Yasir and Babar. The batsmen also need a reminder that their casual approach may cost them their place in the team as, luck doesn't always come to the rescue.