Dhawan credits his IPL performance for inclusion in Champions Trophy squad

The Indian cricket team for next month's ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in United Kingdom has been named by the Board of Control for Cricket in India selectors here today.

"The SGM may be divided on whether to send the Indian team for the Champions Trophy but the CoA is sure about its priorities".

According to a report of India Today, Indian captain Virat Kohli will join the team selection meeting May 8 via a conference call to pick the squad for the Champions Trophy.

BCCI has announced the 15 member squad for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy. "There were many challenges in picking a squad for England but we think this is the best one".

Virat Kohli (Captain): Even though the Indian captain hasn't been in form in the current Indian Premier League, run-machine Kohli was in a sensational form throughout the home season of 2016-17.

ANI reported that selectors have also put five players - Rishabh Pant, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik - on stand-by for the tournament.

Rohit returned from a thigh injury and the right-hander will be joined by southpaw Shikhar Dhawan, who owes his own comeback primarily to a shoulder injury for Lokesh Rahul.

Eight of the 15-man squad which won the 2013 Champions Trophy have been retained. Since Yuvraj (Singh) and Kedar (Jadhav) can bowl spin. To partner him at the opening slot will be Shikhar Dhawan who was the highest run-scorer of the previous edition of Champions Trophy. The team has some dependable all-rounders like Yuvraj Singh, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar: Fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar, playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad, has been one of the most consistent performers in the IPL. The BCCI was outvoted 13-1 last week at the ICC meetings in its bid to stall the new deal which considerably slashes India's share from global events in the 2015-2023 cycle.

India begin the defence of their trophy against Pakistan on June 4 at Edgbaston followed by games against Sri Lanka and South Africa, which are live on Sky Sports.

  • Julie Sanders