Misbah-ul-Haq, the Pakistan captain, has said that his side's recent exposure to Asian conditions compared to the other teams in the Asia Cup will play as important a role as coach Dav Whatmore's inside knowledge.
Over the past three months, India have been playing in Australia, while Sri Lanka have been touring South Africa and Australia, places where the pitches are vastly different to the ones likely to be served up in the Asia Cup.
Misbah highlighted several reasons for the Pakistan team to be confident of its chances in the tournament despite coming in after a 0-4 defeat in the one-dayers against England previous month.
Misbah also urged his players to remember the team's outstanding record over the past year-and-a-half, instead of focussing on the recent limited-overs defeat to England.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan said the Bangladesh Premier League had been good preparation for the Asia Cup.
Pakistan will take on Bangladesh in the opening game of the Asia Cup in Dhaka today with Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi just a run away from 7000 runs.