Despite the 2-0 whitewash of the Australians in the T20 series just concluded in England, which by the way feels extremely good, Pakistan has had a torrid year or two of cricket.
Yes there was the World T20 win last year but besides that the team has generally gone through a very turbulent period.
Amidst all the negatives, Pakistan has shown the world a glimpse of the future of their cricket in the form of Mohammad Aamer and Umar Akmal.
I haven't written much about both the talent powerhouses since their rise in international cricket has coincided with my fall in the blogging world, but I feel now is probably the right time to start bragging about these two youngsters.
They've been around for a year now and they have made such an impact that the world is taking notice.
Aamer is the future of Pakistan's bowling attack and he is already being compared to Wasim Akram, arguably the best fast bowler to play international cricket.
While Umar Akmal is already the backbone of Pakistan's batting line up. He attacks, he consolidates, he drops anchor, he smashes the opposition apart, he does it all. And boy can he bat!
After Pakistan's first T20 win over Australia at Birmingham, Rameez Raja made an interesting comment. When Ian Ward compared Aamer to Wasim Akram, Rameez said at 18 years of age, Aamer was far ahead of what Wasim was when he was 18.
Quite a bold statement from Rameez!
Aamer is probably a couple of years older than his "official" age of 18, but for the sake of argument lets assume he is 18.
Rameez's statement means that Aamer is far better than Wasim was when he started off in international cricket.
I didn't watch Wasim Akram till the late 80s so I can't really compare the two at the start of their international careers, but I dug out some stats to check on how they both fare head to head.
Aamer has played 8 test matches and 15 ODIs for Pakistan, and his figures in tests are not much to write home about.
He has taken 21 wickets at an average of 42.38 and has one 5 wicket haul. His wickets have not come cheaply in the tests he has played against Sri Lanka, New Zealand, and Australia.
Wasim Akram started his test career against similar opposition playing his first 8 tests against Sri Lanka and New Zealand; and in only his 2nd test he managed a 10 wicket haul against the Kiwis.
Wasim Akram took 7 more wickets than Aamer did in his first 8 tests and at a far better average than Pakistan's young new left armer.
Aamer is talented; he is Pakistan's future; but he is no Wasim Akram.
Not yet anyway.
In ODIs, on the other hand, Aamer has made his presence felt.
25 wickets in 15 matches at an average of 24.00 and an economy rate of under 5 are figures of a world class pacer. His strike rate of 31.5 is also up there among the best in the world.
The economy rate of 4.56 speaks volumes of Aamer's control over the new white ball. In modern times when all batsmen go for leather like hungry sharks during the power plays, maintaining an economy rate of under 5 is a remarkable achievement.
Even more so for a young fast bowler playing in only his first few international matches.
Compare those stats to Wasim Akram, and we see Aamer in a different light.
Wasim managed only 17 wickets in his first 15 ODIs at a slightly higher average and a considerably higher strike rate.
So is Aamer more talented than Wasim Akram was in his youth?
I can't really say. But Wasim Akram ended his career as one of the best fast bowlers of all time and safely as the best left arm fast bowler ever to play the game.
Can Aamer reach that status?
If he comes close, he would have had an awesome career and I can't wait for that to unfold in front of my eyes.
Tomorrow: Umar Akmal compared to the modern day greats.