Pakistan team again lived up to its reputation of being a highly inconsistent contender in Tuesdays match against New Zealand. Win and defeat are part of the game but the quality of cricket that was displayed by our side was dreadful to say the least. It has seriously dismayed all cricket lovers in the country. Kiwis scored a total of 303 facilitated by sloppy fielding, loose bowling and most importantly by Kamran Akmals miserable performance, who dropped four crucial catches besides missing a chance to stump the wickets. Two of these catches were those of Ross Taylor who was then easily able to score 131 off 124 balls. Even in the match against Sri Lanka, he had been performing casually and at one point had put the team in serious trouble. Questions are being raised and indeed for all the right reasons why the PCBs integrity committee cleared his name for the World Cup, despite reservations by the Board itself as he had been under investigation over spot-fixing charges and for deliberately showing poor performance in a number of matches. On the other hand, even if we assume all this to be false, the fact remains that a player who lacks confidence to hold his nerves in first class cricket and repeatedly fumbles naturally forfeits his right to play for his country in a championship like World Cup. It is heartening to see Captain Afridi hinting at the possibility of bringing Umer Akmal in. Bowling by both Shoaib and Razzaq during the last part of the match was also devoid of line and length and only allowed Kiwis to make the big total. Also at the same time, our batsmen would have to improve their performance. Getting bowled out at a paltry 192 especially when the condition of the pitch was favourable for a decent score is definitely a cause for concern. Skipper Afridi would have to get tough on the team to ensure discipline as well as devise planning on how to improve batting and fielding.