The newly crowned No.1 Test team in the world, Pakistan has proved to be the finest team in England since the brilliant South African side who outplayed England back in 2012. Sadly though, the hammering in Manchester and the chaotic show on the final day at Edgbaston denied Pakistan a series win after 20 years in England.

Our fairy tales don't last too long, do they?

The disintegrating loss at Trent Bridge tells the story of Pakistan's dismal performance in ODI against strong teams. Every Pakistani should hang his/her head in shame after losing a series in such a way. I will be hard pressed to think of any other match when Pakistan's body language was that listless.

It was a senseless decision to appoint Azhar Ali last year when he was not even part of ODI team since 2013. In his 24 matches of captaincy, Pakistan has only won eight, four of them against Zimbabwe and one against Ireland.

Waqar Younis and the PCB should be held accountable for making this premature decision. Pakistan cricket is not the personal property of any individual; one has to be accountable to the whole nation for the betterment of this beautiful game, if not than consider it as Pakistan's cricket death knell!

Things are only ominous in limited overs format for Pakistan. We lack good openers and the middle and lower-order batsmen don’t have the ability to consistently clear the ropes; no ODI team in the world can win with such an approach. Pakistan needs to learn from England, they have made an amazing transformation after the world cup debacle which makes them phenomenal.

The selectors picked a squad without a proper strategy or game plan in place. For example, if Sami Aslam is selected in the ODI squad on his performances of Test Cricket, then why are Asad Shafiq and Sohail Khan disregarded? In my view Sohail’s fitness and stamina is more suitable for limited overs and he should have been selected. Why is Junaid Khan being mistreated? Why can’t we see Sadaf Hussain who has been performing well since a long time but his inability to break into the Pakistan lineup is incomprehensible? These are the queries, which Inzi needs to answer. 

Playing cricket in exile, especially in UAE, has seriously dented Pakistan cricket. The cricket played there has not only affected the current crop of players in terms of limiting their technique and temperament; the cricket in exile has had a devastating effect on the next generation of players coming through the rank.

For instance, Misbah and Younis started their cricket in 90s inspired by arguably the most talented pool of players to have come out of Pakistan. The heroes of that era drew crowds for many young Misbahs and Younis Khans at Gaddafi, National Stadium and in Rawalpindi; but the same luxury, a luxury now imagine, has not been made available to the young lads who are growing up now. They never got to see their heroes play before them and score those hundreds or bowl those match winning spells.

Rumor has it that discussions have been doing the rounds about introducing some elements of PSL's next competition to Pakistan. However, much would rest with the willingness of the team’s star players to travel to the country and for that you need eminent professionals who have the capability to persuade the international players to come to Pakistan. And in my view, Dr. Nauman Niaz needs to be engaged by the PCB for this task. He was the first one, who took the bold step of inviting top class international players to Pakistan in the likes of Jhonty Rhodes, Herschelle Gibbs and Damien Martyn as analysts during the WC2015. It was unprecedented in our broadcasting history that international panelists along with the locals were analyzing neutral games on Pakistani state television. With each episode the viewership grew until everyone in the country was completely hooked to his program. Dr Noman, with limited resources has garnered keen interest in PTV Sports and the channel now competes with other international satellite channels for post and pre-match analysis and reviews.

Recently, the chairman of PSL Mr. Najam Sethi stated that every foreign player will be offered $20,000, if the final is played in Lahore. That does seem like a good tactic to bring players here, but my contention is, if we are investing around $600,000 just on one final, then why aren't all the finals played here?

And for instance, if it does happen, how much would the profit be after capitalizing such a heavy amount?

These issues should be dealt with by Mr. Najam Sethi; otherwise he may have to cancel the 2018 competition just like the SPL and that would be a huge set back for Pakistan cricket.

World cricket has progressed. We say that we can't produce players like AB or Virat Kohli but we don't realize that nowadays cricket is changing, fitness is changing, the dieticians need to be there, there are numerous things that need to be changed in Pakistan. But for that, we need to get rid of unbecoming people like Shakil Sheikh who has been given a charge of domestic committee of PCB.