Misbah banking on recent South Africa series experience to help Pak win last Champion Trophy

Karachi, May 9 (ANI): Pakistan Test and one-day captain Misbah-ul Haq has said that he is confident that his team's experiences in South Africa and their progress in the six-day training camp at the Abbottabad Cricket Stadium will help them win the last edition of the ICC Champions Trophy tournament.

Misbah appeared satisfied with preparations at the six-day training camp where legends including Javed Miandad and Wasim Akram apart from the national coaching panel supervised the sessions, the Express Tribune reports.

According to Misbah, it is always an honour to win any ICC event, adding that their experience in South Africa will also help them take away the last Champions Trophy even though he admitted that they would face tough opposition in the tournament.

Stating that the targets set at the camp, which ended yesterday, were achieved to an extent, Misbah said that the purpose to set up the camp in Abbottabad was to avoid distractions and training in a colder environment, adding that preparing on green-top pitches will also help their bowlers and batsmen in England.

Meanwhile, the captain also mentioned that there was still some work needed to be done in the fielding and players' fitness departments to match the international standards.

Not worried at missing out on the Indian Premier League, Misbah expressing satisfaction on the players' preparations and said that even though it will be tough to replace the experienced and talented Younus Khan and Shahid Afridi, who were dropped from the squad, the team still has a lot of depth and match-winners can cover up their absence.

Pakistan will assemble on May 13 to depart for the UK that will start with an ODI series against Scotland and Ireland. The Champions Trophy will start on June 6, the report added. (ANI)


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