Captain Misbah-ul Haq admits Pakistan's one-day international thrashing at the hands of South Africa is a worrying sign ahead of the 2015 World Cup.
Pakistan were defeated by 117 runs in the fifth and final contest between the sides in Sharjah on Monday as the Proteas confirmed a one-sided 4-1 series victory.
Once again a poor batting display undermined Pakistan's efforts as they were bowled out for a measly 151 and Misbah has acknowledged their frailty at the crease is a major concern.
"As a captain this is very difficult for me and these are worrying signs for me before the World Cup 2015," he said in the aftermath of the defeat.
The series loss is the latest in a long line of poor results and Misbah, whilst shouldering his own share of responsibility, thinks his players must now stand up and be counted.
"Every player has got adequate chances, more than two series, and yet they are not performing and it's a big worry," he continued.
"But rather making a big hue and cry over it we must sit down and think seriously about it. As captain you are responsible."
Asked if he wanted to remain as skipper until the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, Misbah added: "I always say this and I maintain that I want to play as long as I am fit."
Pakistan have the chance to gain some revenge for their heavy defeat as the teams now play two Twenty20s in Dubai on Wednesday and Friday.