Pakistani speedster Mohammad Amir is confident of regaining his match fitness before the all important Champions Trophy 2017 final against arch rival India. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ ফাইনালের আগে পাকিস্তান শিবিরে স্বস্তির খবর]
The 25 years old left arm fast bowler missed out on Pakistan’s semifinal triumph over England on Wednesday due to a back spasm.
But Amir, who has been bowling in the practice nets at the Oval, has assured the media that he is quickly regaining his fitness. And he is confident of taking part in the all important final.
“I am fast gaining fitness.I bowled in the nets and felt no discomfort and since we have one more day (to prepare) I hope the recovery will be complete,” said Amir.
Amir played a crucial role in Pakistan’s last group match against Sri Lanka, which had become a virtual knockout match.He took 2 for 53 in 10 overs as Sri Lanka were held to 236 and then made an unbeaten 28 and put together an unbroken partnership of 75 runs with Pakistan’s captain Sarfaraz Ahmed. The duo steered their side to the Champions Trophy semifinal with a tense 3 wicket victory.
Pakistani bowling coach and former Pakistani all rounder Azhar Mahmood also thinks that Amir will be fit before the final. But if he isn’t Pakistan will opt for Rumman Raees in place of him. Raees replaced Amir in the semifinal and picked up 2 wickets for 44 runs in 9 overs.
“He(Amir) bowled today without any problem whatsoever.The back spasm took two days to get over, and he’s better now.We will go with Amir if he is fit. But we don’t mind — if he is not fit, then we move on with Rumman Raees,” said Mahmood.