ISLAMABAD - Pakistan cricket team's sensational batting collapse gifted second Twenty20 match and series to South Africa, as the green shirts once again faced defeat, despite coming so close to victory.

It was yet another foolish batting display by the top and later order batsmen who ensured Pakistan snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. They were in driving seat with six wickets still intact when they needed 39 runs on 32 deliveries, but casual shot offered by Shoaib Malik ensured that victory would stay away from the Pakistan grasp. The way Abdul Razzaq lost his wicket, offering no stroke on a straight ball, was enough to stun the 25,000 pack to capacity crowd, who were praying, dancing and holding their breaths in hope of Pakistan victory but the green shirts disappointed them all.

It was hoped that now Hafeez's name is almost sure for the captaincy of ODI squad as well and he might shun his double policies and play out his heart and try to win the second and final T20 to restore at least some pride but soon after losing the toss, Hafeez showed he is a coward skipper and doesn’t deserve to be Pakistan cricket team's captain. There is a big question mark on his inclusion in the playing XI but like the past, the liking disliking factors come into account and instead of being left out, Hafeez once again have been leading the squad.

After losing the toss, instead of opening the bowling with main weapon M Irfan or Sohail Tanveer, Hafeez all of a sudden asked Razzaq to bowl the first over which was a sure shot blunder and showed Hafeez has not forgiven Razzaq for his outburst and also cleared that he is more interested in settling the personal scores rather than thinking about the team and country.

It was tremendous bowling by Saeed Ajmal and Sohail Tanveer, which helped the green shirts restrict mighty South Africans to 150 runs. Sohail especially bowled with good pace and the way he bowled the last over was more than enough to silence his critics, who have been talking against him without any solid reason and urging the selectors to drop him. Why they are not talking about Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Shaihd Afrid and others, who, despite getting scores of opportunities, failed to cement their places and their performances are well beyond ordinary ones. But due to certain reasons and unconditional backing of the PCB insiders, they enjoy a life long place in the team and have no fear whatsoever of being dropped from the squad despite their consistent poor showings. On the other hand, the players who missed out once or twice get the boot, which is totally unfair and uncalled for.

Pakistan started the T20 international series occupying No 2 spot, but after the first T20 loss, they dropped to third and now they are sitting at No 4 in the ICC T20 rankings. If the downslide continued like this, they might be dropped to further lows.

Nasir Jamshed was just brought back in the playing XI to cover Hafeez, who is totally out of form and was very scared to face the hostile bowling of Dale Steyn, who had shown Hafeez's real class. The way Hafeez tried to play the very first ball showed his confidence level. Although it was a wrong decision made by the umpire, yet Hafeez should have avoided such a rash stroke and that too on the very first delivery he faced.

How many matches do Hafeez, Nasir, Razzaq, Shoaib Malik and Shahid Afridi need to learn how to play and perform well. Afirid should call it a day after such a shameful performance in the series. The selectors don’t have that courage to drop Afridi on permanent basis. His poor bowling and worst shot selection cost the team dearly. When it comes to bat in depth of the innings, Afridi has now failed to score a decent innings since long, just because of him scores of genuine players are deprived of a place in the national team.

Razzaq, Hafeez, Afridi and Shoaib Mailk have well passed their careers and they are not more than liabilities for the team and country. The selectors must show courage and drop them at one go and replace these so-called super stars with fresh blood. Even the new comers can show better results than these stars and any further delay in this regard can spell further disaster.

No one talks about the PCB selectors who are responsible for pilling such miseries on the cricket mad masses, as without their role, it will be almost impossible for these fainted stars to book a place in the playing XI. A stern action must be taken against these selectors who have played major role in Pakistan team’s disaster.

As the patron of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif must take notice of the team's consistent poor performances and seek a detailed explanation from the board and should give exemplary punishments to those who are responsible for all these bad results.