<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akhtar back Pakistan to win ICC Champions Trophy 2013" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130603102305.jpg" title="Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akhtar back Pakistan to win ICC Champions Trophy 2013" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Pakistan will face the West Indies in their opening game of ICC Champions Trophy 2013 © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Karachi: Jun 2, 2013 </strong><br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/Wasim-Akram/post" target="_blank">Wasim Akram</a> and <a href="/tags/Shoaib-Akhtar/post" target="_blank">Shoaib Akhtar </a>believe <a href="/tags/Pakistan/post" target="_blank">Pakistan </a>have a realistic chance of winning the ICC Champions Trophy in England.<br /> <br /> They said the key to success in English conditions would be a collective effort from the Pakistan team.<br /> <br /> "There is talent in the team and there is balance but to win everyone, they will have to contribute on the match day in a big tournament like the <a href="/tags/ICC-Champions-Trophy-2013/post" target="_blank">Champions Trophy</a>," Akhtar said.<br /> <br /> He also felt that Pakistan's opening match against the West Indies will be the most crucial one for them.<br /> <br /> "Winning the first match is very important as the result will either set the momentum for the team or pull their morale down," he said.<br /> <br /> The fast bowler said the fact that many of the West Indian players had appeared in the Indian Premier League should not be a concern for Pakistan.<br /> <br /> "The West Indians are coming from playing in the IPL but conditions in <a href="/tags/England/post" target="_blank">England </a>are totally different and it will be a different ball game for them in this tournament," he said.<br /> <br /> Akhtar felt that while the match against India would be a high-pressure one, beating South Africa would be very important for Pakistan.<br /> <br /> "I know we lost to South Africa recently in the series but the South Africans have had a problem winning big events. Just like Bangladesh is still struggling to win Test matches. So in England Pakistan have a good chance of beating South Africa," Akhtar added.<br /> <br /> Akram had no doubt that Pakistan has sent a balanced team.<br /> <br /> "West Indies is a dangerous side and matches against South Africa and India will be tough but I think our team has all the firepower to deliver and play to expectations," he said.<br /> <br /> "Pakistan should also not be worried about the form of Chris Gayle. He is a dangerous player but I think our new ball pace attack of Junaid Khan and Mohammad Irfan will cause him problems in England and can contain him," Akram said.<br /> <br /> "It is a big tournament so every match is crucial. Our team has to play every match positively and with same momentum," he said.