Virat Kohli and co. will play in ICC Champions Trophy 2017

Doug Mendoza
May 10, 2017

After the BCCI chose to send the India cricket team for the Champions Trophy despite their ongoing tussle with ICC over revenue sharing model, all eyes were on the selectors meet on Monday.

With KL Rahul out of contention, recovering post-surgery, the BCCI appears to have played it safe in picking out of form Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan as the two openers.

"It is a balanced team, an experienced team and I think we have picked the best possible side", Prasad said.

The ICC welcomed the decision from the BCCI to confirm the participation of defending champions India.

The BCCI stands to lose $277mn in revenue over the next eight years under the sweeping changes and its use of the Champions Trophy as a bargaining chip was strongly criticised. He would to make his opportunity and count and prove that he could replicate what MS Dhoni did in 2013. "We bring them into the radar and groom them", he said, talking about the need to prepare those shining in instant cricket, for the longer format.

Standbys: Suresh Raina, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Shardul Thakur and Kuldeep Yadav.

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"Two years is a long time", Shami said.

"We are impressed with the way Pant is playing".

Shami is hopeful that the quartet of him, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah should be able to perform as a unit. "Since Yuvraj and Kedar Jadhav can bowl spin, he narrowly missed out", and added:"Kuldeep's name was discussed because of his quality more than anything else". "We've been preparing him for the Champions Trophy" said MSK Prasad, the chairman of selectors after the announcement.

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

Chairman of selectors MSK Prasad today dispelled any doubts about Mahendra Singh Dhoni's future in worldwide cricket, terming him the world's best wicketkeeper right now. We all believe he is still the best wicketkeeper in the world. We will give it our best, we will give it more than our 100 %, rest, a bit would depend on luck too.

India will face a challenging task during their Champions Trophy campaign as they face Pakistan on June 4 in their opening match in Champions Trophy. In the last so many years that he has played, MSD has never had a bad day as far as his glove is concerned. "It's a nice thing because post the injury, I will get some 5-6 odd games and it will be a good time to test my fitness levels, before playing in England", he said.

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