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Mohammad Amir declared fit to play final against India

Mohammad Amir in a practice session ahead of the final against India
Mohammad Amir in a practice session ahead of the final against India

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur has confirmed that pace spearhead Mohammad Amir will feature in the final of the Champions Trophy final against India at Kennington Oval on Sunday.

The 25-year-old missed out on the semi-final against England due to back spasms with debutant Rumman Raees taking his place in the playing XI.

Arthur has backed his premier fast bowler to come out successful against the in-form Indian top order and expose the likes of Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni, who haven't got much time out in the middle.

"If we can get amongst them with the new ball, we can expose the middle order that hasn't batted much in this competition, so that's pretty much our aim and focus," the South African Arthur said on Saturday.

At one stage when they lost the opening game to India by 124 runs, Pakistan looked down and out of the tournament before they won three consecutive games against South Africa, Sri Lanka and England to reach the final.

Arthur said the inability to handle the expectation in the tournament against opener was the reason behind the setback.

"That was something we hadn't prepared for," he said.

"We knew how hard the guys had prepared. So what we've produced after that doesn't come as any surprise because that's how we trained, and that's what we worked at.

"It was very disappointing to see that go wrong in the Indian game. But we've closed the chapter on that. We're now moving forward. And the guys have played really well."

This will be Pakistan's first appearance in the history of Champions Trophy tournament and will also be the first time they will be facing India in an ICC tournament final since their last encounter in the 2007 World T20.

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