LAHORE - Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq says the 2010 spot-fixing scandal is no longer on his players’ minds and his team is focused on its upcoming three-Test series against top-ranked England in the United Arab Emirates.

“Already the team has proved a lot and it is quite clear now that nobody has kept that scandal in his mind and everyone is just focusing on his cricket and will do the same in this series,” Misbah told reporters during the training camp at Gaddafi Stadium on Saturday.

He said that he had been trying to keep his approach simple for the players. “Forget about who is your opposition and do what you can do. Focus on your performance, do your basics right and then when you look at the results, it will come in your favor.” Misbah stated.

“The team’s focus would be on good performances and discipline both on and off the field. We are expecting good performances in all departments of the game in the UAE against England,” he added.

Responding to a question regarding the accusations of a defensive approach from his team, Misbah flatly rejected these claims and said: “It is better to win matches with a defensive approach than losing matches with an aggressive approach.”

Referring to Pakistan’s previous ‘home’ series in the UAE against South Africa and Sri Lanka and how they found conditions there, Misbah stated, “It is difficult for the bowlers in UAE conditions as the pitches are generally batsman friendly, but you have to remember that it’s also difficult to score quickly in these conditions, as the pitches are not conducive to scoring quickly either.”

A lot has been made of Pakistan’s alleged home advantage in the UAE and that the conditions will undoubtedly favour Misbah’s side, but the Pakistan captain dispelled the impression of Pakistan having a huge advantage in UAE.

“We only have a slight edge due to home conditions because, really, we have played two series at the venues of Abu Dhabi and Dubai - playing at home is totally different. If we were playing in Pakistan then you could say we have home advantage.”

To a query, Misbah replied: "All Pakistani players are important components and winning is not as a result of any single player’s performance, rather it’s a team effort,” he said. “A win against England in the UAE would help in getting over past controversies against the same opponent.”

Pakistan team will leave for the UAE on January 9 ahead of the first Test match against England in Dubai on Jan 17.