Pakistan team's abilities, technique and planning were exposed to the hilt by a professional and united Sri Lankan team in front of an almost full Gaddafi Stadium. Fans had gathered in large numbers for the final in Lahore which was expected to be a thrilling encounter. However, what transpired was absolutely the opposite. Pakistan got their selection wrong as Shoaib Akhtar and Sohail Tanvir were dropped and inexperienced Sohail Khan and Saeed Ajmal were brought in for this high pressure game. Sohail and Saeed may have the talent but what they lacked was the ability to take on pressure which was exposed in the final game. The axing of Shoaib defied logic as the mercurial pacer was returning after a long lay off and anyone returning after such a long time would take time to settle. And rather than backing him, he was dumped for this all important game. Expectedly, Sohail Khan failed to make a mark. After bowling a good opening spell his inexperienced was exposed in the later overs as the Sri Lankans dispatched him all over the place with the bowler bowling too short and being punished. Scantiness of Shoaib Malik's captaincy talent was also exposed as he failed to attack when it was required in the middle overs and continued bowling the spinners when the faster bowlers should have been brought in. Pakistan bowled spinners from the 19th over till the 42nd over allowing the Sri Lankans easy runs to consolidate in the middle overs after a scratchy start. Tillakaratne Dilshan played brilliantly with 137 off 139 balls as Sri Lankans posted a formidable total of 309-5 when they could have easily been restricted to something in the vicinity of 260. All the Pakistani bowlers were expensive and their overall game lacked planning and effort. If skipper Malik believes Shoaib Akhtar didn't perform in the first two games one would ask what is Shahid Afridi the biggest prima donna in the side doing for the last so many games? Afridi hasn't scored a fifty in ODI cricket since May 2007 while with the ball he gave away 149 runs in this series for only one wicket. His wickets tally last year was good only because of his performances against lesser teams. Whenever something has been required of him he has failed to deliver and yet he is ever present in the team. Yasir Arafat could have been a good option to replace him given his all round talent. And in pursuit of such a big total Pakistan team lacked method and planning. It was understandable that Salman Butt couldn't open because he didn't field for the full quota of overs. At this point they could have opened with Shahid Afridi rather than going with Younis Khan. And sending in Kamran Akmal at number four also defied logic. No batsman tried to get in and make an effort as one wicket fell after another. Sri Lanka's inexperienced opening bowlers ran through the batting line to reduce Pakistan to 22-6 in the ninth over. While Sri Lanka's innings was built up around partnerships there wasn't even one of note in Pakistan's innings. The greenshirts were all out eventually for a paltry 75 in the 23rd over to lose by a massive 234 runs - their worst ever defeat in an ODI in terms of runs at home ground. This short series exposed the Pakistan team and the fact that quite a few of individuals in the team don't deserve a place in the side was proved. Pakistan needs to get their priorities and direction right. Its high time the team gets their basics right. It has to start with selection and harsh decisions have to be taken. Seniors with experience are an asset for any side and you can't just write them off on the basis of a few bad performances. The right way ahead is to have a good balance between youth and experience and learn from the mistakes and not keep on repeating them. Application and determination are two traits which also need to be developed if we have to deliver consistently. To lose is not a crime but to lose without a fight is not only a crime, it's a sin.