ISLAMABAD - Pathetic team selection, poor captaincy and the worst batting led to downfall of green caps in the second One Day International against England.

As predicted by this scribe, green caps would struggle against England in the second ODI as they are well-known to get relaxed and this complacency had already costs Pakistan cricket team dearly in the past. It was hoped that this time around the team management would pay heed to past mistakes and there would be a clear game plan but unfortunately it could not materialise. Pakistan team looked highly fragile in the absence of solid middle order batsman and there is not a single player in the entire squad, who could steady the ship and rotate strike in the middle of the innings.

Getting an ODI cap has also become equally easier. Show some performances in the domestic T20 competitions on dead pitches and below par bowling, develop some right connections and storm into the National team’s playing eleven.

In the recent times, there were a number of questionable debuts have been given to youngsters–many of them don’t qualify to be said young though – in the name of developing a new team based upon young blood. The same curious case is of Iftikhar Ahmed who from nowhere made it to the national team and after just landing in the UAE was given debut by preferring him over Ahmed Shehzad – a case of highly biased attitude and egoistic approach of the team management as well as the PCB and clearly evident how the merit is being butchered now a days and how few individuals are leading the Pakistan cricket to altar for an obvious slaughter.

The so called seasoned and experienced tour selection committee should be made answerable that why they are failing in managing some individuals and preferring inexperience. Why they are not letting any player to settle down on a given number in the batting line-up? Why and on what grounds Bilal Asif was dropped from the playing XI? Why Shehzad is just only a mere spectator despite proving his credentials at the international level?

It’s also time skipper Azhar Ali to justify his role in the ODI team as a batsman and opener as his super flop batting clearly indicating that his recent exploits against relatively weaker teams were just a mere fluke. Ignoring the highly talented and explosive trio of Shehzad, Umar Akmal and Sohaib Maqsood is just not only an attempt to destroy the careers of these youngsters but also Pakistan’s white ball cricket as well. And if the team management can’t handle these ‘game changers’ attitude, who can win it for Pakistan any given day single-handedly, then it is the failure of the management and it is where Pakistan need changes.

There are always off field issues with Pakistan players and nobody in Pakistan cricket including head coach Waqar Younis could claim to be were Mr Clean. It was Waqar who was centre of many rebellions within the team and his attitude kept Pakistan camp divided for long. And now since he has took the reigns of Pakistan team in his two stints, the same divide is quite visible. Even the outsiders like Sri Lankan great Marvan Attapatu felt something ‘fishy’ how the Pakistan team’s playing eleven and ‘retirements’ are being unfolded.

The way English batsmen batted and bowled the momentum has been shifted in their favour and only Pakistan team management is solely responsible who is not letting any player settle with their so-called unnecessary experimentations. Opening is a failure as usual and the only experienced and inform batsman Shoaib Malik only knew his new position in the batting order with every other game. Babar Azam showed good technique and temperament in the middle overs to handle the situation in the first ODI and just to accommodate a newcomer he was sent as opener in the very next game.

It seems that the team management and the board is not playing against the rival countries but against own players and trying to destroy every potential future of Pakistan cricket with their tactics. And one can hope that the same will continue with the team as the PCB and its officials only prone to finding scapegoats rather taking the responsibility. A new batting order will be there in the third ODI and may be some other ‘new find’ too can dream of making a debut while lying in his bed and believing in his connections and the relevant quarter’s idiocracy. So brace for it and don’t be surprised, if you see Pakistan playing qualifying round for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.