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Former coach Moshin Khan said Pakistan needed better planning to overcome their now long-standing batting problems. "Our batting has been hurting us badly and if we don't address it quickly our team will go down further at the international level," Mohsin said. "It is time we take strong measures to address this problem."

Only captain Misbah-ul Haq, with 173 runs in three matches, batted with any authority, while top-order stars Mohammad Hafeez (38 in three), Shoaib Malik (25) and Kamran Akmal (23) were below standard. Pakistan were bowled out for 170 in their opening Group B match against the West Indies before slumping to 167 against South Africa and 165 against India in a rain-shortened match.

Khan, said the team appeared to have no strategy to tackle the batting slump. "It's no comment if you ask me about coach's contribution," said Khan, who was replaced as coach by former Australian batsman Dav Whatmore in March last year. "Just think of it, there was no planning, no strategy and no permanent batting slots." Khan said Misbah fought a lone battle at the crease while bowlers were outstanding. "Our batsmen failed to support Misbah who did very well while our bowling was outstanding but we lost all matches because of poor batting," said Khan, a stylish opener in his days.