Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur while addressing a press conference on Tuesday on the back of a heroic win against Sri Lanka confessed that Pakistan's middle order is 'exposed'
Sarfraz and I are meeting tomorrow, Arthur told reporters, conceding that the "middle order has been exposed a bit".
"We may try to get Safi (Sarfraz) and [Shoaib] Malik in a little bit earlier. We have to discuss what happens," Arthur said, responding to a question about the fragility of the team's batting lineup.
Responding to a question from the press, Arthur noted the emotional weight of the game. "It is emotionally tough at times. We are trying to play more and more consistent cricket, we are trying to get better in that department, but it is a tough ride every now and then," Arthur said.
At the same time, the head coach of the national team also asserted that his side's unpredictability was its strong suit, a belief echoed by all-rounder Muhammad Hafeez.
"Sometimes, that's our strength... Our unpredictability. We give the guys clear roles, they know what they need to do," said Arthur.
However, the head coach was quick to remind himself of the dangers of being an uncertain team.
"We do sometimes make it difficult for ourselves. We were probably soft at times yesterday," he noted referring to the quarter-final match against Sri Lanka on Monday. "But the guys are working very hard. We are evolving as a team."
"When you win ugly, you learn a lot about the team."
Pakistan has made it to the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy after narrowly defeating Sri Lanka on Monday. Sarfraz Ahmed produced a superb captain's innings following a top-order collapse to see Pakistan win the quarter-final.
Pakistan, chasing a seemingly modest 237 to win, slumped to 162 for seven.
But Sarfraz's 61 not out and Muhammad Amir's 28 not out saw Pakistan home with 31 balls to spare after they shared an unbroken eighth-wicket partnership of 75.
While India will play Bangladesh in Thursday's second semi-final at Edgbaston, Pakistan will go up against England on Wednesday.