India announce Champions Trophy squad; Dhawan returns, Pant misses cut

Doug Mendoza
May 19, 2017

Several members of the Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) favoured withdrawing from the tournament in protest but court-appointed administrators, who are now supervising BCCI operations, rallied against such a drastic move.

Announcing the squad, selection committee chairman MSK Prasad said " it was an easy team to pick as it has shaped up well in the last four months."May be one place here and there.

However, Rohit Sharma will make his comeback to global cricket after being out of action due to thigh injury he had sustained in November 2016.

Mohammed Shami last played ODI cricket in an attempt to win an ICC Trophy and now he returns with the same goal ahead of him.

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.

Ravichandran Ashwin, who is missing the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) with an injury, was named in the squad.

"The injury was not serious. He narrowly missed out".

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"He represented India in the last worldwide game".

R. Ashwin Indian stars Spinner is now recovering from injury, but selectors hope to get back him for the tournament held in England from June 1.

Rohit Sharma, Mohammad Shami, and R Ashwin make a comeback for the upcoming Champions Trophy as Team India gets ready to defend the title. Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be the wicket-keeper in the side.

Prasad further added: "Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya are youngsters we've been grooming".

"When it comes to crunch situation, his input". He led his team across the finish line with an unbeaten 62 off just 46 balls.

"In the last 10-12 years that MSD (Dhoni) played for his country, he never had a bad day with the gloves. We're extremely pleased with Rishabh and will groom him too". Ex-Indian captain, MS Dhoni will be seen behind the stumps. However, soon after the end of the IPL, the Champions Trophy would be in line.

India announced its 15-member squad for the upcoming 50-over pinnacle tournament on Monday, and the fans from both nations have marked their calendars for June 4 when the two arch-rivals take on each other in their group clash.

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