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Amir on recovery and raring to go

LONDON: Pakistan’s spearhead Mohammad Amir is fast recovering from a back spasm and hopes to have another shot at the Indian team in the final of the Champions Trophy at The Oval on Sunday.

The 25-year-old was forced to miss Wednesday’s semi-final against England at Cardiff after suffering back spasm on the morning of the match.

But the left-armer bowled in the nets on Friday and felt no discomfort.

“I bowled with my full speed and felt no pain, so I am ready for the final,” Amir told ARY News. “It was frustrating to miss an important match so I am determined to play and do well in the big match.

“It’s a big occasion for all of us and I look forward to bowling well and contribute in the win.”

Team spokesman said Amir will continue to be monitored.

“Amir bowled in the nets and was monitored by the physio and the coaches so we hope that he will be ready come Sunday.”

Bowling coach Azhar Mahmood also confirmed Amir is getting better.

“We have not decided on (whether to play Amir) and that’s part of the fitness culture which we are introducing in the team,” said Mahmood.

“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.

“That proved that we have a bench strength and anyone can be replaced.”

Amir did not take any wicket in the first two matches before taking two crucial wickets as well as scoring an invaluable 28 runs in the fighting three-wicket win over Sri Lanka at Cardiff on Monday.

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