Pakistan hopeful over Amir fitness


Sarfraz Ahmed is confident Mohammad Amir will be fit for Sunday's ICC Champions Trophy final despite missing their last-four win over England.

Amir was not selected for the eight-wicket victory at Sophia Gardens on Wednesday after being troubled by a back problem in the run up to the game.

The seamer has taken two wickets in his three appearances in the competition thus far but was unable to add to it against England, not that Sarfraz missed his number one bowler.

In his absence debutant Rumman Raees bowled superbly, taking 2-44 as Pakistan's entire attack limited England to just 211 - a total Sarfraz's team knocked off with ease.

Amir should be fit for the showpiece, though, where Pakistan will face either India or Bangladesh.

"I 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."