Despite a tasteful win in the Asia Cup, Pakistan cannot afford to be complacent. There are so many things the Green Shirts need to work on.
It was not the first time for the cricket lovers to see Misbah-ul-Haq lifting the trophy despite facing heavy criticism.
After a nail-biting contest, the tourists beat home side by a couple of runs. Had the hosts been able to keep their nerves calm under pressure, they would have easily won their first big title at international level.
A long term captain is certainty the biggest need of the time. Since the Men in Green still have enough time before the next World Cup, it is a perfect occasion to groom a new skipper.
Without a shadow of doubt, Pakistan have short of options but the national administration needs to sort out this issue as soon as possible.
Secondly, the Cornered Tigers need to be more consistent. The guys are yet to rub out the label of most unpredictable side in the world.
A fine pair of openers is another issue, Dev Whatmore needs to look into. Nasir Jamshed seems to be good choice to partner Mohammad Hafeez at the opening slot.
However, both talented batsmen require being consistent in order to end this long-standing issue.
Pakistan have one of the best bowling attack. However, many cricket experts feel that Pakistan’s bowling attack was exposed by the strong Indian line-up.
Umar Gul is a fine fast bowler, but there is no other fast bowler to share responsibility. Aizaz Cheema has been a part of the side for quite a while, but his inability to swing the ball in both directions is a massive issue.
Moreover, Pakistan need to bring in young blood especially batting all-rounder. The side has no such specialist batsman who can bowl.
Winning Asia is definitely a huge achievement for Misbah and company. But they must not forget the flaws they need to iron out as quickly as possible.
Twenty20 World Cup is round the corner and Pakistan Cricket Board needs to build a fine side to for the mega event.