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Pakistan made the tough call of dropping Rumman Raees, who impressed with his bowling on debut, to bring in Mohammad Amir for the Champions Trophy final against India at The Oval. Raees was called to join the squad in London for an injured Wahab Riaz on short notice. Though he did not play immediately, Pakistan handed him an one-day international debut in the big semi-final match against England.
At the toss, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said that Amir is fir to play the game and is back in the playing XI while debutant of the previous game, Raees is out.
Raees had bowled against England and took two wickets for 44 runs from his nine overs. He picked the wickets of Alex Hales and Liam Plunkett.
Amir played the three group games of Pakistan in the Champions trophy but went wicketless in his first two games against India and South Africa. Against Sri Lanka he picked up two wickets for 53 runs from his 10 overs.
Pakistan won two games in the group stages and finished second behind India in the group to qualify for semi-finals. Pakistan’s only loss in the group stage was in their first game against India in Birmingham.