Shami, Rohit return for Champions Trophy

India won in Pune and Cuttack but lost in Kolkata.

The BCCI thereafter decided unanimously during the SGM on Sunday that the Indian cricket team will participate in the Champions Trophy and the selection meeting to pick the squad would be held on Monday.

Discussed for remaining some players Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Shardul Thakur and Suresh Raina. Manish Pandey also finds a place in the squad. Other pacers in the team are Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah. It will be interesting to see how these three and others perform in ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

The BBCI have called off their threat not to send a team to the Champions Trophy, however, where they will seek to defend their title.

Pant has scored 972 runs at an average of 81 in the tournament. The official 15 man squad will be announced later today.

Manish last played for India against New Zealand in October 2016. There were lengthy discussions over some names, but we zeroed in on these 15 names. Mohammed Shami is returning from injury while Ravi Ashwin is on a break.

"The team has been selected keeping in mind of the season post-Champions Trophy and you can't question future tours programme", he added. In Dhoni, the team has a calm head, who understands 50-over cricket better than most. In his absence, the selectors have gone with Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane.

Chahal has also picked 6 wickets from the 3 ODIs that he's played for India. It might also be last champions trophy for Dhoni and he would love to win this trophy again. He is the second leading run scorer with 450 runs from 12 matches (as on May 8, 2017).

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.

India have been placed in Group B, alongside Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka in the Champions Trophy.

Mumbai: Right-arm pacer Mohammed Shami has insisted that he has worked really hard on his fitness and skills in the last two years and will be looking to give his best in the upcoming Champions Trophy beginning June 1 in England and Wales.

  • Jo Lloyd