So the recent article titled "Misbah critical of Pakistan batting failure":
basically he says how they're not doing well enough and need to work on things, he says they've been picking the right players and that they've performed in the past and that they need to actually do the real work to improve. what i want to discuss in here is whether they do have the right players (looking to the future) in the squad/team.
the first thing i want to say is why have they dropped umar akmal? for a youngster he's got a fine ODI record, has the game for t20s, has done well in domestic FC cricket and did fine although not outstanding in his limited test match outings. this kid should be in the team for all formats, possibly as keeper in the shorter formats.
nasir jamshed has been a great find he's worth having as one of the opener in all 3 formats.
the 2nd opener spot or possibly first drop should go to ahmed shehzad, hafeez is useful and performs well sometimes, not just as a batsman, but in the long run ahmed shehzad has a lot more potential to be a quality opening batsman, hafeez has some years in him but i feel it's time to give shehzad more opportunities. if hafeez wants a spot in the team he has to perform better as a batsman or compete for the all rounder spot/s.
babar azam should also be in contention for a spot whether it be opening or otherwise.
get rid of imran farhat, he's been given plenty of chances, he's not a youngster anymore, he should be a back up option.
haris sohail, get this guy into the team in all formats, he's averaging over 50 in FC cricket after 50+ matches, 40 in list A cricket and 72 (obviously will go down) in t20s and he's only 24. i don't care that he has a lot of not outs, he's also got a highest FC score of 211* so he can bat for long periods, obviously a great middle order prospect.
another prospect for batting spots should be shoaib ahmed, still early days but do well in multiple formats.
keep misbah and younis around for experience as well as azhar ali (tests), and asad shafiq (for tests) and you have a good mix of experience and up coming talent.
the keeper spot can either go to kamrul or latif in the shorter formats, or as mentioend earlier possibly umar can keep in shorter formats, and in the longer formats sarfraz comes into contention.
for the bowling junaid khan should be the main fast bowler with ajmal being the main spinner and build your attack around those 2. plenty of fast bowlers to pick from as they have ifran, asad ali, rahat ali, wahab riaz and eshan adil. for spinners there is also rehman, yasir shah and raza hasan.
as far as allrounders, like said above hafeez can contend as an allrounder, but also hammad azam looks a great prospect, in fact he could push for a spot purely as a bowler.
make your squads from these guys:
shoaib ahmed (maybe)
seems like a lot of players but there are 25 there, those 25 players are the ones you select from for all 3 formats. some of them only suit particular formats while others are capable of playing multiple formats. you have youth, experience and talent.