OVAL – The big match eve has brought a good news for Pakistan cricket team, their premier fast bowler Mohammad Amir has been ruled fit, and he is ready to feature in the Champions Trophy 2017 final.
Pakistan coach Micky Arthur announced the news in the pre-match press conference.
With his return, Pakistan’s pace attack would be stronger again. But, this also means that Rumman Raees, who impressed everyone with his mature bowling in the big semi, has to make the place for Amir.
Pakistan (probable) 1 Azhar Ali, 2 Fakhar Zaman, 3 Babar Azam, 4 Mohammad Hafeez, 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Sarfraz Ahmed (capt & wk), 7 Imad Wasim, 8 Mohammad Amir, 9 Shadab Khan, 10 Hasan Ali, 11 Junaid Khan
R Ashwin was seen with a heavily-taped right knee on the eve of the match and had appeared to pull a muscle. He required the physiotherapist’s attention and was then seen doing short run-ups followed by stretches later. If he is ruled unfit, Umesh Yadav, who took 3 for 30 in the opening match against Pakistan, may slot back into the XI. Such is the quality in India’s squad, that they can lose a player of Ashwin’s stature and still not be too badly dented by it.
India (possible) 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 MS Dhoni (wk), 6 Kedar Jadhav, 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 R Ashwin/Umesh Yadav,10 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 11 Jasprit Bumrah