There is no doubt in my mind that Pakistan’s tour of New Zealand and Australia was a tough one. The series came almost immediately after our poor performance in Sharjah against the West Indies and in my view, we did not spend enough time to prepare in the same manner as we did for the tour of England in the summer of 2016. For that tour, we had arrived early and had held a camp in England prior to start of the series but we did not spend that much time preparing for the tours of New Zealand and Australia. Such tours always require careful preparation as the pitches and weather conditions are totally alien to us. Understandably, our bowlers have faced a lot of criticism from the media and fans about their failure to perform in New Zealand and Australia. What people need to understand is that whilst we are happy to label our current bowling line-up as one of the best in the world, the fact is that we have only dominated in home conditions where our spinners have ruled the roost. The bowling conditions in New Zealand and Australia were totally different as we saw in the Brisbane Test where Yasir Shah found himself ineffective and under pressure whilst the fast-bowlers were not able to take the wickets that we wanted. And that remained the problem throughout the series where we took just thirty-three of the available sixty wickets. You cannot expect to win a Test series when you are unable to take wickets. The main reason why we could not take wickets was that our length was short and we also bowled wide. Making changes to fix issues like that requires time with the bowlers and honestly speaking this was not possible during the tour which a lot of people for some reason find hard to understand. Once again, let me say that our bowlers did bowl well but for some reason we just could not create the pressure on the batsmen that we needed to in order to win games. There is a lot of work which needs to be done with both Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir in terms of their no-ball issues. If we look at Amir, he bowled eighteen no-balls between the Sharjah and Christchurch Test matches. We then worked on that and since that time, he bowled only two no-balls for the rest of the New Zealand and Australia tour. Wahab’s situation is even worse as he has bowled close to hundred no-balls in the past six or seven months. He has some issues with his run-up as his delivery stride increases when he bowls an effort delivery. It brings us back to the same thing I have said before which is the fact that you need time to work on such problems which is not easy due to the workload and the back-to-back nature of games. I understand that people want instant results but what cannot happen is that if a bowler bowls a few no-balls in a Test match, we as coaches get busy with the bowler straightaway and fix the issue immediately; it simply does not work that way. I understand the frustration of many but we also have to note that there are shortcomings with bowlers which should have been picked up and fixed in First-class cricket and are not easy to pick and remedy at this level and especially during the tour. At the end of the day, the solution to such problems really lies with the bowlers themselves and is a by-product of their own discipline. I will also add in defense of our bowlers that whilst it is their job to bowl well but then once they bowl that delivery, it is up to the fielders to stop the ball, create chances and to simply catch the ball when chances are offered. We will always play catch-up or lag behind if we continue to make silly mistakes on such big tours. Azahar Ali is not a natural captain but he would have learnt tremendously from the experience of this very tough tour. At the end of the day, whether he remains captain or not will be the decision of the PCB. In my view, he captained well in the first ODI against Australia but then unfortunately he got injured and that probably affected him also. In the Test series against Australia, I was really impressed by how Asad Shafiq played that fantastic innings against tough odds in Brisbane and the way Sarfraz Ahmed continued to score runs in uphill conditions. And then who can forget the magnificent double-hundred by Azhar in Melbourne, something no one had done in the past for Pakistan in Australia. Unfortunately for the team, Misbahul Haq’s below par form did not give them the strong basis they needed and in the final analysis, that could well have been the reason for Pakistan battings’ overall low performance on the tour. This was a fantastic experience for me as I learnt a lot from Mickey Arthur on the recent tours. Grant Flower and Steve Rixon and Mickey all form a great combination which is important as Mickey wants to improve the quality of Pakistan cricket. This is obviously the same aim as I have and I hope to work with them to discuss what needs to be done after the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and before we embark on the tour of the West Indies. Hopefully we can work together and learn from our mistakes and move forward as this is not rocket-science. Every team goes through some low stages and moves forward after learning from their experience.