Amir takes part in training, likely to be available for final

Mohammad Amir
Amir trained with the team on Friday. — AFP/File
Shukriya Pakistan

LONDON: Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir is likely to feature in the ICC Champions Trophy final against India on Sunday after he took part in the team’s net practice at The Oval in London on Friday.

“I bowled with my full speed and felt no pain, so I am ready for the final,” Amir told ARYNews.
Amir was left out of the side in Pakistan’s eight-wicket victory in the semi-final against England on Wednesday due to a back spasm ahead of the match. Rumman Raees, another left-armer replaced Amir and finished with impressive figures of 2-44.
“It was frustrating to miss an important match so I am determined to play and do well in the big match,” said Amir
“It’s a big occasion for all of us and I look forward to bowling well and contribute in the win,” he added.

It will be a tough one for captain Sarfraz Ahmed and Coach Mickey Arthur to choose between the two southpaws when they sit down to finalise the team to take on arch-rivals India.

Rumman, who made his ODI debut against the Three Lions, bowled with accuracy and displayed an array of variations. The 25-year-old posed the threat of taking wickets whenever he came into bowl.

Amir, on the other hand, despite being Pakistan’s ‘strike bowler’ has not been a real wicket-taker for Pakistan during the campaign — bagging just two wickets in three outings.

“We have not decided on (whether to play Amir) and that’s part of the fitness culture which we are introducing in the team,” bowling coach Azhar Mahmood told ARYNews.
“When Amir did not play there was much talk about how we can cope without him but Rumman Raees filled in superbly and bowled so well,” he added.
“That proved that we have a bench strength and anyone can be replaced.”