Its interesting when you hear English, South African and Australian fans say the standard of their domestic cricket has gone down in recent years. And yet our standard of domestic competition is still lightyears behind ! Let me ask people these questions. How can you groom batsmen to be successful on hard, bouncy pitches in Australia and South Africa when all they're exposed to is the damp, low bounce filth that the PCB farmers (sorry, "curators") produce in FC cricket ? How can you develop a back-foot game on pitches that are more suited towards limited, front-foot nurdlers ? How can you groom bowlers to bowl on flat wickets (and the wickets in this series have been generally flat) when they're given grassy surfaces and play their FC cricket during the most seamer-friendly weather in Pakistan during Oct-Dec ? Pitch the ball on a length and let the conditions do the work for you. No wonder we have a generation of bowlers clueless as to how to use the new ball. How can you groom seamers to bowl 25+ overs in an innings when the max. amount of overs played each day of a FC match is around 65-70 ? No wonder our seamers start huffing and puffing in their third and fourth spells. And when there is lack of proper fitness and nutritional programmes at grassroots and domestic level you have a generation of unfit cricketers unable to cope with the rigours of an international tour. How can you groom captains for the national team when skippers are appointed at domestic level not on the basis of their tactical nous but on seniority ? How can our domestic system be an effective barometer to judge who is ready for international cricket when proven international failures like Khurrum Manzoor, Kamran Akmal, Salman Butt and Awais Zia look like frickin' Bradmans at domestic level ? How can you groom international-standard players when Pakistani coaches at grassroots and domestic level can't even identify the most basic of technical flaws in young players ? And yet this is the system we have. There'll be individuals who'll come along like Younis Khan, Wasim Akram, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Waqar Younis, Zaheer Abbas, Majid Khan, Saeed Anwar, Hanif Mohammad and others who emerge IN SPITE of the system and not because of it. Many of our greats of the 70s, 80s and 90s were lucky to have the opportunity of playing in county cricket where they rubbed shoulders with quality coaches, learned from other top players and were exposed to foreign conditions on a regular basis instead of touring countries outside Asia every 5 or 6 years like this generation. Now that is no longer an option - and Pakistan will now pray for another set of individuals to come along and perform miracles. I'm afraid in an increasingly professionalised world, where more sporting countries are adopting a more structural approach to attain success, Pakistan will be left behind. Arthur, Inzamam and maybe Misbah himself if he becomes an Andrew Strauss-like figure post-retirement need to begin the work of professionalising an unprofessional system.