LAHORE - Playing a Test match in front of home supporters has many advantages. But what happens when you dump your best all-rounder against a Sri Lankan side high on confidence? You shoot yourself in the foot. That's exactly how Wasim Akram explains Pakistan's team selection committee during a television conversation. Pakistan are playing two newcomers (opening batsman Kurram Manzoor and quickie Sohail Khan) in a Test match they are playing at home exactly after a year, two months and 17 days. Audacious enough, but Akram thinks it's pretty silly to leave out your best all-rounder, Sohail Tanvir at a time when the national side needs to put its best foot forward in front of the cricket world. "I don't understand why Tanvir is not in the squad. Tanvir is one who will walk into any side on a given day. He has done so well in domestic cricket and skipper Younis Khan and chief selectors Abdul Qadir should realize that Tanvir can win matches for Pakistan in every form of the game," Akram said in a telephonic chat. "Tanvir should have been an automatic choice" At a time when Paksitan's bowling has been hit by 'losses' to the Indian Cricket League, Tanvir's absence will be felt, says Akram. Without three leading pace bowlers Shoaib Akhtar (injured), Mohammed Asif (banned for doping) and Mohammed Sami (ICL), Tanvir should have been an automatic choice. Akram feels the left-arm pacer Tanvir, who delivers the ball wrong-footed, would have been a "match-winner." Thus, Umar Gul, 16 Tests wise, is leading the Pakistan attack against an experienced Lankan batting line-up. Team selection debate asides, what does this Test series mean to Pakistan? Akram says: "Lanka playing in Pakistan just goes to show that there is nothing wrong in playing in our country. This tour will help improve Pakistan's image as far as a cricketing nation is concerned. Other teams should realize that things are not as bad as they look from outside." It's sure there will be 11 rusty players on the ground and Akram agrees the feel of a Test match will take a while to sink in. "It is going to be difficult for players to straightway come out and perform at this level. It does not matter how experienced or how fresh you are. Younis knows what he is doing Sri Lanka has undoubtedly started as favourites but the first couple of days will be crucial as far as Pakistan are concerned. Once they cross the first hurdle of three days, I feel players will get accustomed to Test cricket." Pakistan cricket has just not been about form and application. The biggest challenge for new skipper Younis will be to keep the dressing room happy. Younis has taken over a team apparently unhappy with the way former captain Shoaib Malik managed his men. Younis says he accepted the captaincy "without the pressure of trying to prove anything to anyone." But Akram sees a determined man behind the veteran batsman. "Younis is one guy who knows what he is doing. He can be outspoken but his attitude should not be a problem. He knows what he wants and can instill the type of confidence into his players that can help Pakistan rise once again in the world of cricket," he said. The world will be watching.