Rohit, Shami included in India's Champions Trophy squad

The Indian Champions Trophy squad for the 2017 edition was announced on Monday and the sqaud consisted of the usual suspects as the selected banked on experience over glamour in their quest to defending their title in England. "The All-India Senior Selection Meeting will be held May 8 in New Delhi to pick the team", a BCCI statement said.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India - the country's cricket administrators - had threatened to pull out of this year's Champions Trophy as it was unhappy with the revamped revenue-sharing model. Secretary of the BCCI [Amitabh Choudhary] to continue negotiations with the ICC in the best interest of the BCCI while keeping its legal options open.

MS Dhoni was the only specialist wicketkeeper in the squad, with the selectors resisting the temptation of going for the youngster Rishabh Pant, who has followed up a superb first-class season with IPL performances that have demanded the attention of the world.

"We definitely considered Kuldeep. We're extremely pleased with Rishabh and will groom him too".

Premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who has skipped the IPL owing to a sports hernia injury, has been included in the squad.

"It was not really a serious injury". The franchise was magnanimous enough to listen to our request to rest him. "Not just IPL but one needs to take into account the performance of last one year also in such a big tournament,".

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.

Shami, who last played a one-day worldwide in the 2015 World Cup, has recovered from injury and been playing with the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League.

Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and Kedar Jadhav were automatic choices with former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni fitting the role of wicket-keeper and batsman to the hilt.

"When it comes to crunch situation, his input". I think the team should play in the tournament. The more he plays, it is better for him. We all believe that MSD is still the best keeper in the world.

  • Julie Sanders