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Pakistan inflicted whitewash on Twenty20 World Champions West Indies after a nail-biting 11-run victory in the second and last T20 match played at St Vincent.

The wicket was very pathetic and by no means looked for an international match and there was a danger that some players might get serious injuries. The ICC must look into this matter of great concern and order local authorities not to organise matches at this ground, until the ground staff prepare the pitch for international standards.

Pakistan once again won the match at the end but not before surviving some anxious and nerve-wrecking moments. Hafeez, who love to be called as professor, is still far away from being a clever captain. He has to learn quickly to remove his major flaws in captaincy, which can hamper Pakistan chances in future matches.

Hafeez must realise his strength and weaknesses. He must improve his batting ability to stand any realistic chance of materialising his dream of captaining the side in the other two formats of the game. He got out in similar fashion in both T20 matches as he played same stroke at same position and the result was also same. Despite settling down well, he just couldn’t control his emotions and in playing adventurous stroke, threw away his wickets and that too at a very crucial time. Had Ahmed Shahzad first and then Umar Akmal not played the mature and sensible innings, Pakistan could have not even reach 100 in the allotted overs.

The way Ahmed Shahzad, Umer Amin, Haris Sohail, Shahid Afridi and Hammad Azam lost their wickets, it was really hard to believe as they had played a lot of cricket so they must realise the importance of staying at the crease. Haris really disappointed the fans as he failed to justify his potential. He must understand how to play at the dead tracks of Pakistan since scoring runs is a different thing and playing against top class bowlers is an unusual prospect altogether. This lad had shown the potential so he must be given chances to polish his skills. He could solve Pakistan batting woes in the middle order. Sohail also field very well as the way he took Pollard’s catch was worthy to watch.

The way the ignored players performed and proved their mettle was really appreciable. Umer Amin and Sohail Tanveer were not even considered for crunch tours and they were long deprived of their due rights by the PCB and the so-called selection committee. Sohail bowled very well and provided two crucial breakthroughs and then bowled the all-important last over with supreme control. The biased umpiring of hosts was an area of real concern and put a big question mark on local umpires’ appointment in international matches. Despite the replays clearly showing Sohail had not bowled a no ball, the umpire awarded a free hit to the batting side which was a great injustice. The ICC must seek detailed report of this incident. Umpiring standard must be raised as teams touring Caribbean’s always complain against the poor standard of local umpires, who gave too many dubious decisions in their team’s favours.

Only two or three changes in the Pakistan cricket team made lot of difference. The team was not even reaching the second rounds of the important events, and now with the inclusion of genuine and deserving players, same team is flying high. They have managed to claim second spot in the T20 international rankings and looking all set to reclaim the top position. It is only a matter of time, if they play like one unit and commit fewer mistakes, it will be almost impossible for any top side of the world to bring down high flying Pakistanis.

Pakistan must improve their batting and fielding to fulfil their ambitions of beating the best in the business. Head coach Dave Whatmore must work on removing the flaws in the techniques of the batsmen and make sure they will not commit the same mistake again. If Whatmore succeeds in overcoming these minor mistakes, he can be the most celebrated coach in the cricketing world. He has the ability and experience, but he only needs to put more efforts on the batsmen. He is blessed to have young and energetic players at his disposal. He must ensure Julian Fountain and M Akram also work on their respective areas and try to ensure flawless performances. It is although a difficult task but not an impossible one.