A day after clearing India’s participation in the Champions Trophy, BCCI today announced the squad for the ICC event beginning on June 1 in England and Wales, a report by ANI said. Opener Rohit Sharma and seamer Mohammad Shami have made comebacks after injuries. Sharma and Shami may have been recalled due to their decent performances in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) for Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils.
Among those who have been retained in the squad are Yuvraj Singh, Umesh Yadav, Kedar Jadhav, Shikhar Dhawan and Jasprit Bumrah. However Kuldeep Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik and Shardul Thakur, have been put on standby, the ANI report said further.
Yesterday, the BCCI ended all speculation on India’s participation in the next month’s Champions Trophy saying that that the Men in Blue will play the 50-over pinnacle event.
The board had earlier missed the April 25 deadline for submission of the squad in their act of defiance against the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) new revenue model, which reduced the BCCI’s revenues from $570 million to $293 million, it added.
“The BCCI SGM unanimously decided that the Indian cricket team will participate in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy. The All-India Senior Selection Meeting will be held tomorrow, May 8, in New Delhi to pick the team,” said a statement released by the BCCI after the meeting in the national capital.
Even as statement described the decision as “unanimous” , ex ICC and BCCI chief N Srinivasan, who was part of the meeting through video conferencing, is learnt to have caled for a more hawkish line against the intenational body, an Indian Express report said.
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The report also said that Srinivasan wanted the Indian cricket board to send a notice to ICC, threatening to cancel the 2014 Members Participation Agreement (MPA) and not play in all ICC events during the ongoing rights cycle (2015-2023) if India’s revenue share is reduced. He was however, outnumbered and decision was taken to go with “the sentiment of the house”.
Squad: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandey, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Manish Pandey.