Ahsan Butt, in his blog in the Dawn, calls for the inclusion of Umar Gul for the second Test in Sydney to form a three-pronged pace attack with Danish Kaneria as the spinner. Pakisan, he says, also face problems with their batting and wonders what's prompting the board from not drafting in Younis Khan.

The selection committee, supposed to take a decision on Monday, finally met on Wednesday and decided, “it is not like the team is losing just because he isn’t there,” (impeccable logic) and wondered, “Who will he replace there? Various batsmen have scored some runs here [Melbourne] so it might be unfair to drop them.” Welcome to the world of our selection committee, where the likes of Faisal Iqbal making a 40 and Misbah-ul-Haq making 60 after innumerable failures and dropped catches, means that it’s fine and dandy to keep the country’s best number three out of the side.

Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo