LONDON – Pakistan premier fast bowler Mohammad Amir has been fit again and will be available for the grand finale against India in ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at the Oval, London.
Pakistan bowling Coach Azhar Mahmood revealed this news to media on Friday.
Amir got unfit the last moment before the semi-final against England on Wednesday due to back spasms during practice before the game which led to the debut of Rumman Raees.
Mahmood was also happy with the way Raees performed on his debut.
“Amir did bowl today, he is fit,” said Azhar while talking to journalists at The Oval. “We want to introduce a culture in Pakistan cricket where we should have bench strength. Like Amir could not play the last match but Raees came in for him. We want to ensure that we have players with the skill and ability to perform on any stage.”
When asked about the secret formula which has seen Pakistan bowlers turn a leaf since they shipped more than 300 runs in the opening game against India, Mahmood said the players have been working hard for some time now.
“It didn’t happen overnight. It took us almost six months. And there is still room for further improvement. The guys are willing to learn and they want to perform. All the credit goes to the bowlers; I haven’t done anything miraculous,” he said. “The guys took extra responsibility and showed courage. The way they responded to their critics and the way they fought back, it shows how much hard work they did in the last six months.”