<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram feel Pakistan can win ICC Champions Trophy 2013" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130506110640.jpg" title="Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram feel Pakistan can win ICC Champions Trophy 2013" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Javed Miandad (left) and Wasim Akram have spent hours working with the Pakistani players since reaching Abbotabad two days back © AFP</p> </div> <strong>Karachi: May 6, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Pakistan's former captains <a href="/tags/Javed-Miandad/post" target="_blank">Javed Miandad</a> and <a href="/tags/Wasim-Akram/post" target="_blank">Wasim Akram</a> are hopeful that the national team can win the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy in England.<br /> <br /> The <a href="/tags/PCB/post" target="_blank">PCB</a> has asked Miandad to assist the batsmen in the national training camp underway in Abbotabad while Akram is also there to work with the pace bowlers.<br /> <br /> Both the greats have spent hours working with the players since reaching Abbotabad two days back.<br /> <br /> According to details, Miandad, in particular, has spent hours helping the batsmen Misbah-ul-Haq, Asad Shafiq, Umar Amin while Akram has been training the likes of Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Ehsan Adil, Asad Ali and Wahab Riaz.<br /> <br /> Even as the two greats worked with the players, head coach, <a href="/tags/Dav-Whatmore/post" target="_blank">Dav Whatmore</a> and bowling coach, <a href="/tags/Mohammad-Akram/post" target="_blank">Mohammad Akram</a> preferred to take a back seat and let them work independently.<br /> <br /> "I always say before a major tournament that given the talent we have Pakistan is always among the favourites to win the title," Akram told reporters in Abbotabad.<br /> <br /> "Like Brazil in football we are blessed with a lot of natural talent. I believe that Pakistan has always had this ability of beating any team on its day. I am also confident about our team's chances in this Champions Trophy," he said.<br /> <br /> Akram said that if the batsmen were able to post enough runs on the board, the bowling attack was capable of bundling out any side in the tournament.<br /> <br /> "It will be a tough tournament but I am backing <a href="/tags/Pakistan/post" target="_blank">Pakistan</a> because at this time of the year and over the years the pitches at most venues in England have flattened and our batsmen can score a lot of runs. If they do that our bowlers have the ability to win matches," he said.<br /> <br /> He pointed out that despite the absence of experienced pacer, <a href="/tags/Umar-Gul/post" target="_blank">Umar Gul</a> the team was blessed with enough pace and spin talent and could upset any batting line-up.<br /> <br /> Miandad advised the batsmen to go to England without any pressure.<br /> <br /> "I have told them go and play in the Champions Trophy like they would in any other event. If you take the pressure of a big tournament and keep thinking, it does affect your performances," Miandad said.<br /> <br /> He said the <a href="/tags/Champions-Trophy/post" target="_blank">Champions Trophy</a> would be a close event because all the participating teams were playing well.<br /> <br /> "Pakistan, India, England, South Africa and the West Indies are all balanced outfits and it will boil down to how a team plays on a particular day. There is little to separate the teams which have their own set of strengths and weaknesses," he said.