Pakistan players warned to avoid controversy during Champions Trophy in England

Last Updated: 13/05/13 2:13pm

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Misbah-ul-Haq: Believes his side can combat English conditions

Misbah-ul-Haq: Believes his side can combat English conditions

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Pakistan players have been warned to "maintain strict discipline" during next month's ICC Champions Trophy in England.

The Pakistan Cricket Board are determined to avoid a repeat of their turbulent their tour of England in 2010, when the infamous spot-fixing scandal resulted in the imprisonment of Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif.

Misbah-ul-Haq's squad are due to arrive in the UK on Tuesday, and the players have been urged to avoid any controversy.

Pakistan manager Naveed Akram Cheema said: "We have briefed the players that this is a very sensitive tour and they should maintain strict discipline as we don't want a repeat of 2010 events.

"Players are told to restrict their off-the-field movement," added Cheema, who also revealed that the squad will be accompanied by a special "vigilance" officer in addition to their regular security.

Pakistan will play one-day warm-up games against Scotland and Ireland before the Champions Trophy starts on 6 June, and captain Misbah is confident his team will thrive in English conditions.

"I think there are no favourites for the trophy," he said. "We have a talented team and if all the players play their roles accordingly, then we can win the tournament. We have selected a squad specifically for English conditions.

"We have world-class spinners and some quality pace bowlers in Junaid Khan and Mohammad Irfan, but it is a matter of how we execute our plans and everybody does his job."

Head coach Dav Whatmore added: "We always want to open a series or a tournament with a win and that's what we are going to do in the Champions Trophy.

"Our team is balanced and strong and we have prepared well for the event."

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