Wednesday, 24 May, 2017

BCCI Announces 15 Member Indian Squad For The ICC Champions Trophy 2017

Rita Gibson | 19 May, 2017, 18:15

Pandey has made it as an extra batsman in the squad to be led by Virat Kohli.

Rohit Sharma: Returning from a thigh injury, in-form Rohit Sharma was expected to make a comeback to replace KL Rahul who is out with shoulder injury.

India begin the defence of their trophy against Pakistan on June 4 at Edgbaston followed by games against Sri Lanka and South Africa, which are live on Sky Sports. With the help of Kohli's unbeaten 66, India had chased a meagre 119 off 15.5 overs.

India have belatedly named their Champions Trophy squad, which includes recovering offspinner Ravi Ashwin, nearly two weeks after missing the initial deadline.

India took their time to name their squad for their Champions Trophy. They were there even in 2013 and will have an integral role to play at the top. Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be the wicket-keeper in the side. Since Yuvraj (Singh) and Kedar (Jadhav) can bowl spin.

Karnataka batsman Manish Pandey pipped young spinner and KKR teammate Kuldeep Yadav as the 15th member of the touring party.

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The likes of Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are all class bowlers and hey have performed very well in the last 12 months or so.

Hardik Pandya: Mumbai Indians player Pandya bagged the seam-bowling allrounder's spot.

The selectors went with the proven performers and did not give weightage to the performances in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League. Meanwhile, Shami, despite being hampered by injuries, has taken 87 wickets in 47 match, at an average of 24.80 and economy 5.54. "We respect IPL but in the longer format, we have to also consider the English conditions that we are playing in". His contribution as keeper can not be matched.

"If I keep performing well, I believe those performances won't be ignored", he added.

Rishabh Pant, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik are the stand-by players for the ICC Champions Trophy.

It was also revealed that some of the members of the board again asked the Supreme Court-appointed CoA to re-consider those four demands of the old guard -three-year cooling off, one-state one-vote theory, 70-year old age bar and consolidated term of nine years. "He narrowly missed out", Prasad explained after the selection committee meeting here.

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