And for once, it is a good one!
The problem I'm talking about is the one regarding the selection of the playing XI for the upcoming ODIs against Sri Lanka.
With the return of the ICL rebels into the international fold, Pakistan's 16 man squad looks very strong on paper.
I believe the squad provides Younis Khan with a lot of options; he and the team management have a lot of thinking to do.
Who is going to open?
Will it be the specialists, Imran Nazir and Nasir Jamshed? Will it be Kamran Akmal who had a great impact in the position during the World T20? Or will Fawad Alam continue in his new found role?
If Fawad Alam does not open, does he have a spot in the XI?
With Yousuf's return, the middle order seems packed with him, Younis, Misbah, Malik, Afridi, Akmal, Razzaq; will Fawad continue to be ignored?
Where will Shahid Afridi bat?
Will he continue in the lower order where he has batted in ODIs for the last 3 years? Will he be used as a floater? Or will he come up the order where he rediscovered his batting form during the World T20?
How will Mohammad Yousuf fit back into the ODI team?
With Yousuf out, Pakistan had the luxury to play with 6 bowling options; with Yousuf back, will they revert to using Malik as the 5th bowler? Or will Misbah or Malik make way for Yousuf?
How will Abdul Razzaq fit into the ODI XI?
Razzaq has not played an ODI for over two years now; does he still have a place in the team? If specialist openers are used with Malik, Afridi, and Akmal in the lower order then where does Razzaq fit in?
There are just some of the questions that Younis Khan and Co. should be looking to answer.
They better be thinking about it.
I surely am and I have still not been able to figure out what the best XI should be.
I always prefer to have 6 bowling options in ODIs; 5 is too big a risk in my view.
At the same time, I am extremely excited about watching a potentially explosive opening pair in Imran Nazir & Nasir Jamshed.
However, if that happens it would leave only 5 bowling options considering that Younis, Yousuf, Misbah, Malik, Afridi, and Akmal are almost garanteed a spot in the XI.
Unless Younis considers himself as the 6th option, which he should going by the way he bowled in the tests.
Given that, who fills in the final 3 spots?
3 pacers? Or Saeed Ajmal and 2 pacers? If Ajmal plays then does Razzaq still make the team as the 2nd pacer?
See the problem I'm talking about. I think it has been a while since Pakistan faced so many options with the selection of an XI.
This is the XI I would look to play.
Q's XI: 1. Imran Nazir 2. Nasir Jamshed 3. Shahid Afridi 4. Younis Khan 5. Shoaib Malik 6. Fawad Alam 7. Abdul Razzaq 8. Kamran Akmal 9. Umar Gul 10. Mohammad Aamer 11. Saeed Ajmal.
Though I don't think that will happen. There is no way Younis Khan will drop Yousuf and / or Misbah.
I believe he should.
Which XI will you play?