Team India announced for Champions Trophy


India's cricket board on Sunday approved the country's participation in the Champions Trophy, ending speculation about the team staying away from the tournament because of a financial dispute with the International Cricket Council. Dhawan is not a regular member of the Indian team in all formats and in fact has only played two global matches - ODIs against England - in the past six months.

The BCCI is furious over the ICC's decision last month to amend rules so that less money and power is held by cricket's major powers - England, India and Australia.

The 15-member squad unveiled by chief selector MSK Prasad contained no real surprises. He would have the support of MS Dhoni who will play in this tournament as a wicket-keeper batsman. Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya are youngsters we've been grooming.

The seventh batsman's slot is expected to be taken by Manish Pandey.

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"We definitely considered the name of Kuldeep".

Rishabh Pant, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik were named as stand-by players for the ICC event. The Virat Kohli-led team will open their campaign against Pakistan in Birmingham on June 4.

He also expressed his views on a player being picked in an ODI side based on IPL performances.

"I have some good memories of the tournament and I had a great one the last time we played there", Dhawan said.

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Prasad said it was an easy team to pick as it has shaped up well in the last four months.

India are scheduled to play two warm-ups matches against Bangladesh and New Zealand.

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

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

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Speaking to IPL's official website after the match, Dhawan said he was happy to be playing in Champions Trophy and it was a reward for his IPL showing.