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West Indies secured their first victory since May 2015 as opener Kraigg Brathwaite capped a brilliant match with an unbeaten half-century in the third Test against Pakistan at Sharjah Thursday. Pakistan won the three-match series 2-1 after winning the first Test in Dubai by 56 runs and the second by 133 runs in Abu Dhabi. The 2-1 series win keeps intact Pakistan’s unbeaten record in their adopted home of the United Arab Emirates since the 2009 attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore forced them to play abroad. Although Pakistan ended up winning the series 2-1, it still lost two points on the ICC Test Rankings. Misbah has lamented poor application of batsman as well as the non-supportive pitch. On the other hand, coach Mickey Arthur also pointed out the fatigue factor, which is a major concern. Under Misbah’s captaincy, the middle order of the team has stayed the same by and large. But Arthur’s words do weigh in the context of the modern game where packed schedules force fatigue on the players. Pakistan has not paid much concern to these factors in the past, but with two important series in New Zealand and Australia coming up, these factors should be kept in mind, considering that Pakistan does not have the luxury of a strong bench strength in case of need. Moreover, there is a need to have a change of attitude in the team. A top team in the world does not get complacent no matter what the conditions are. If Pakistan has to compete with the New Zealand and Australia in their own backyards, the complacency factor needs to be done away with. Lastly, the one thing that was missed during these games was the crowd. What is the point of playing at neutral venues if Pakistan cannot draw a significant home crowd? Bringing cricket back home should be the top priority of the Pakistan Cricket Board. Until then, if it is not able to draw big crowds at neutral venues, Pakistan should make arrangements to play their games in the opponents’ country. In that way, at least the supporters of that team would be able to come to matches filling up the stadiums, as compared to the desolate stands in the UAE.