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Playing with impunity: Why Pakistan deserves No.9 in ODI

Pakistan consecutively lost 4th ODI from England. It is a real sorry state of affairs. No 1 in Test ranking but 9 in ODI. And yes, we deserve to be there. Seniors are not performing but have big egos and PCB just enjoying benefits. Things will not get better but worse. It was a terrible performance, unacceptable club level bowling, indiscipline, erratic, hapless, listless leaving the captain not much to choose from. We do not have batsmen of any caliber and authority either. Afridi-like carefree, inconsistent performance has produced a new breed of mediocre, once in a while performing cricketers that world witnessed in Pak England series. The selectors must develop a pool of players suited to modern requirements. The PCB needs to concentrate on Under-19 and ‘A’ team tours, and send young players out to play under different conditions so that a bank of players is created. For every player in the national team, there should be one waiting in the wings. This should be an in-built mechanism. Pakistan started this series ninth in the ICC ODI Rankings, with only tournament hosts England and the top seven in the standings come the end of September next year qualifying automatically for the 2019 World Cup. The remaining places for the slimmed-down 10-team tournament will be decided at a 2018 qualifying event in Bangladesh. While a World Cup without 1992 champions Pakistan remains unlikely, it is by no means unthinkable. The choice is clear: Pakistan ODI cricket can continue to wallow in the depths, or summon every ounce of reserve and rise to the surface. For anything to be salvaged from the unmitigated disaster that was the England ODI series, the post-mortem must be thorough and unsparing. The present ODI lot has been a contradiction to the Pakistan mindset: a defensive and passive outlook that has sucked the passion out of the team’s cricket. Pakistan cricket must return to the values that made it great: aggression, passion and fearlessness. 

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