Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed is confident that premier bowler Mohammad Amir will be fit for Sunday’s ICC Champions Trophy final despite not featuring in the last game due to back problem.
Mohammad Amir warmed the bench on Wednesday after being troubled by a back problem in the buildup to the game. In the contest so far, the seamer has taken two wickets in his three appearances. In Amir’s absence, debutant Rumman Raees put up a brilliant display of bowling, taking 2-44 as Pakistan’s entire attack limited England to just 211 – a total Sarfraz’s team knocked off with ease. The bowler was involved in a match-winning innings with Sarfraz that saw them overcome Sri Lanka to reach the quarter-final.
Amir should be fit for the showpiece, though, where Pakistan will face either India or Bangladesh. Think he had a little bit of back spasm,” Sarfraz told his post-match media conference. “Hopefully he will recover for the finals. Obviously he is our main bowler. He’s our best strike bowler. Hopefully he will recover.”
The 25-year-old Rumman, who was originally summoned as an injury replacement for Wahab Riaz after the pacer suffered an ankle injury against India, has represented Pakistan in two Twenty20 Internationals to date. He has also taken 123 wickets in 42 first-class matches.
In the semifinal, Raees first sent back Alex Hales, who had just got off to a start. And later he got rid of the Liam Plunkett who could have hit a few sixes. Raees gave away just 44 runs from his 9 overs, which can be called a fantastic effort. It will be very unfortunate for Amir if he doesn’t get to play in the historic finale to be played on June 18 at The Oval. Pakistan pulled of an emphatic eight wicket win over England to storm into the finals.