KARACHI - Former Test captain Aamir Sohail said on Monday that only better equipped technique could change Pakistan team's fortunes on their short trip to South Africa starting on Wednesday.

"Dav Whatmore may be preparing good strategy but he failed to improve Pakistan team's batting technically. We are facing the same problem for the past many months but the chief coach failed to overcome this chronic batting problem of Pakistan team," he said.

"You cannot change the team's fortunes by wishful thinking but the coach needed to work on batsmen technical flaws," he added. He said he was surprised to see M Hafeez failing to cope Dale Steyn's bowling since the past one year and repeatedly making the same mistakes.

He recalled that he was facing some batting problems during the event in Sharjah and he worked with Indian batsman Mohinder Amaranth which improved and changed my batting form. "I spent a batting session with Mohinder and few advises on my technique revived my game," member of 1992 World Cup winning team, revealed. He said many greats around the world went through the same dilemma but proper technical advice put them back on track.

Aamir said all Pakistan batsmen like Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Umar Amin, Umar Akmal were weak in technique which was causing problems for them and Pakistan team. "I personally feel that Whatmore failed to work on Pakistan team's batting problem," he added. "I don't see any change of fortunes of Pakistan team during their matches against Protease in their backyard," he commented.

He was of the view that these batting problems would haunt Pakistan during the two T20 Internationals and three-match One-day series in South Africa. "With such batting problems within the team, Pakistan needs more prayers from their supporters and well-wishers," he remarked.  Aamir said Australia opener David Boon also faced the technical problems but their chief coach John Buchnan helped him a lot in regaining his form and improving his batting.

He said without a complete overhaul in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) hierarchy, national cricket could not be put back on track.