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Champions Trophy: Selectors give heads up to Sharma and Shami for the squad

Looking towards the future the BCCI included Manish Pandey instead of a more experienced Suresh Raina.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday announced the 15 man Indian squad, which will take part in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy.The 15-member squad, led by Virat Kohli, sees the return of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane, while no new faces were introduced as the rest of the team is largely what it was for the last ODI series played by India, against England in January 2017.

The naming of the team as scheduled for April 25, but was delayed as the BCCI got into a wrangle with the International Cricket Council (ICC) about the revamped revenue share formula.The BCCI had even indicated that it may not send a team to the Champions Trophy, a decision regarding which was sent aside for the boards Special General Meeting (SGM) on May 7.

However, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) intervened and unequivocally asked the BCCI to announce the team without any further delay.

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.

More than two weeks after missing the April 25 deadline set by the International Cricket Council (ICC) the BCCI finally revealed the squad which will defend its title this year.

Squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, M.S. Dhoni (WK), Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Manish Pandey, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Ajinkya Rahane.

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