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ISLAMABAD -Former Pakistani cricketer Javed Miandad has asked the players to develop winning spirit by reliving the 1992 world cup. Former Great Javed Miandad urged to feel the heat of the 1992 World Cup saying the same spirit and confidence is needed in the team to triumph in the Twenty-20 CWC.

Miandad, who was also part of the 1992 WC victory, said he remembers in 1992 when the national team arrived back he heard people enchanting that this was the second victory in the history of the country after 1947 when it came into being.“1992 WC is lesson for everybody and our national team should learn from it and play with the same spirit,” he said.

He warned the Pakistan team to keep in mind the run rates averages as it will matter a lot if Pakistan gets a tally with other teams on the table to move ahead in the tournament. “In 1992 Pakistan got lucky to move into the semi-finalsas in their final group match they were fortunate to scrape a point from the washed-out match against England eventually finishing one point ahead of Australia with an inferior run-rate,” he said.

Miandad said for victory Pakistan needs to keep its batting order consistent and advised the bowlers and fielders to stop runs. Former cricketer M Yousuf believes the only teams which can trouble Pakistan are India and Sri Lanka. “Pakistan are the favorites to win this event and the only teams I see can trouble Pakistan are India and Sri Lanka,” he said. Yousuf said Bangladeshi pitches suit Asian sides a lot and there is a fair chance for any Asian team to win it. “Pakistan should stick to the basics and play positive cricket,” he said.

Former pacer Shoaib Akhtar said Pakistan will make it to the semi-finals easily. “Pakistan defeated the tough Australia team and should win the remaining matches,” he said. Shoaib said if Pakistan don’t play silly cricket, there should be no stopping them. “The table is still wide open and Pakistan has a great chance,” he said. Shoaib said he also doesn’t see India losing any matches, so they should be through as well. “I am hopeful that India and Pakistan will meet in the final again,” he said.