Aiming to make meaningful contribution in CT: Yuvraj

India are clubbed alongside Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka in one of the two groups, which Yuvraj acknowledged as tough but exuded confidence that the side will retain the crown. "The good part is we won the last we played there and that is an advantage". The 35-year-old made his Champions Trophy debut in 2002 in Kenya and featured in all the events until 2006, before being left out for the 2009 and 2013 editions of the tournament.

Many Indian cricket fans will also travel from India to England, to watch the second most prestigious tournament in 50 overs cricket, after ICC Cricket World Cup, and all of them would be hoping that Men In Blue defend their title and bring yet another glorious trophy home.

As one of the main surprises, the renowned Proteas' spinner, Tabraiz Shamsi, was overlooked in favor of uncapped Keshav Mahraj. It did come as a bit of a shock but whatever's done is done, I'm fully behind the team and I know they can go out there and win the Champions Trophy.

"I rate South Africa's chances really highly".

The Proteas kick off their ICC Champions Trophy campaign against Sri Lanka on Saturday, June 3 at The Oval in London.

Teams can make changes to their squads without needing an ICC approval until 24 May. All player replacement requests from May 25 onwards will require the approval of the Event Technical Committee. "Shakib is the world's best all-rounder and his presence, along with Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal, just lifts the confidence in the entire dressing room".

The players included are Virat Kohli (C), Rohit, Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Yuvraj Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami.

NEW ZEALAND: Kane Williamson (captain), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Neil Broom, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Jimmy Neesham, Jeetan Patel, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee and Ross Taylor. While Shoaib will feature in his sixth event, Mohammad Hafeez will play in his third tournament.

  • Julie Sanders