ISLAMABAD - Feeling the responsibility for his team’s poor performance against South Africa, England skipper Andrew Strauss announced his immediate retirement from all formats of the game. Hats off to Strauss who despite leading England to No 1 Test playing nation for more than a year and beating mighty Australia twice in the Ashes, without any hesitation or lame excuses shoulder the burden of the loss and team’s debacle performance.

Straus set an example both on national and moral grounds need to be followed especially in Pakistan, as Misbah has completely failed not only as batsman but also as a leader too. His performances with the willow speaks itself, a person who even doesn’t deserve a place in the playing XI is continuing to lead the green caps. It was due to his poor captaincy and team selection, which led to the defeat against Aussies in the first One-day international in Sharjah.

Misbah should respect the feelings of the entire nation and resign at least from one-day team as soon as possible instead of waiting for the time when the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) itself throws Misbah out.

Unfortunately here in the subcontinent, the players hung to their positions despite numerous worst performances just on their past reputations. Imran Khan was the only skipper who despite guiding the green caps to their first and only World Cup glory in 1992, call it the day despite a lot of pressure from masses and players who want him to continue playing but he sensibly decides against it, which earn him further respect.

No one from ECB or even British press demanded Strauss’s head and neither anyone blamed him for the defeats but he is a true gentleman and step aside before anyone asked him, but on the other hand, not only cricket greats but masses also want Misbah to be dropped from the side. But the PCB had other ideas as they not only selected Misbah ahead of deserving players like Imran Nazir, Hammad Azam and above all Umar Gul, whose absence was badly felt during the first ODI against Kangaroos. On the other hand, Sohail Tanveer and especially Aizaz Cheema were completely off colour and failed to perform the role which was required from Aizaz.

The selectors had committed a huge blunder by not selecting Shoaib Malik in the playing XI as Malik could have provided Pakistan a much-needed boost in the middle of the innings and also bowled some useful overs in the middle of Aussies reply.

The team management missed out a simple trick which even a person who had no knowledge of cricket would have done by opting to use Kamran Akmal as an opener. What was the purpose of holding out Kamran for so late as he had scored lot of runs while opening the innings but he was wasted by the captain by utilizing him in middle order.

This correspondent had earlier clearly mentioned weaknesses in Pakistan team and especially in the bowling department but the team management and especially captain did not care about it and disappointed the entire nation. But all is not lost yet and now the selectors should use their brains and select the best playing XI. If the selection will be made on merit from the available bunch of players, the boys are more than capable of staging a strong comeback and not only level the series but will try their best to win the series quite comfortably.