MOHSIN ALI ISLAMABAD - Pakistan could have easily won the second Test against New Zealand at Wellington but were denied a clean sweep against the hosts, thanks to extra-cautious batting by skipper Misbahul Haq. Chasing a modest and quite achievable target of 274 runs in 90 overs was by no means difficult, as the wicket was batsman-friendly and the Kiwi bowlers looked out of sorts against the Pakistani batsmen. When a captain is supposed to lead his side from the front and sets example before others to follow, how can Misbah, after losing the golden chance, be made the captain of One-Day squad. His position as Test captain is less than satisfactory. There is no question that he has played well with the bat and made important contributions in both the innings but as a leader his performance is below than average. Rather than focusing on team performance he is found trying to strengthen his position in the team though without realising how much time and how many deliveries he consumed in this process. Misbah undoubtedly is a good Test player but by no means deserves a place in One-Day squad. The One-Day cricket is a different ball game and his style of game doesnt suit that shorter format. Although Shahid Khan Afridi is not performing well as ODI captain yet he is a fighter by nature and can lead the side without any fear of any opposition. This is the right time that PCB should announce Afridi as ODI captain for the World Cup as delay in naming the captain will serve no purpose for the team and will only weaken the morale of the team. Pontings example is before us as he was a complete failure against England in the recently concluded Ashes series, but the Aussie selectors reposed faith in Ponting and named him the skipper of the side for the World Cup. Australians are known for their strict discipline and selection policy if they can make a decision like this then why is PCB hesitating in naming Afridi as Pakistan ODI captain. Besides, Wellington Test will be remembered for long as the worst umpiring decisions were witnessed during this particular Test match and once again Pakistan were at the receiving end. It seems Australian umpire Harper has taken revenge against Pakistan for the Ponting-Aleem Dar saga, although Aleem Dar as it was obvious by the replays had given the right decisions during the Ashes series, but these so-called gentlemen of cricket, it seems, dont have the stomach to digest free and fair decisions made by an Asian. Younus Khan, Misbahul Haq and M Hafiz were the victims of wrong decisions. Adnan Akmal could have made the world record of capturing seven catches behind the wickets had the umpire declared Arnel out on a delivery by Umer Gul, but the finger did not went up. The PCB must raise the standard of umpiring with the ICC. This is Pakistans second victory in Test series since 2006 when they beat West Indies. Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq are two of the brightest prospects of Pakistan cricket, they are maturing with the every passing day. M Hafiz must have to raise his game level, as he has already enjoyed too much freedom and backing of the PCBs high command. Younus Khan has proved his selection right by scoring in both innings of the second test. The Pakistan middle order now looks dependable as its top order finally begins to blossom. The selectors and coach have to give special attention to the opening department, as this is the area where the team lacks consistency.