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06-May-2017 11:34:00 GMT
ICC Champions Trophy 2017

India confirm participate in Champions Trophy, squad to be announced on Monday

New Delhi: After a lot of hullabaloo, defending champions India are set to take part in ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

Last edition’s winners are the only side left to announce their squad in the run-up to the marquee event. The concerns over India’s title defence mounted since BCCI was outvoted on reforms related to revenue and governance at the ICC Board meeting in April, bringing down its revenue share substantially.

The matter stretched with the most powerful board, BCCI, threatening to pull out of the ICC event. But according to latest reports, they have given green signal to send Team India in the two-week long tournament starting from June 1. BCCI will also announce the squad by May 8 (Monday).

There were a lot of speculations regarding India’s participation since the last few weeks. Head coach, Anil Kumble, even wrote a letter to the board which met with mixed response.

In reply to Kumble’s letter wherein he requested the board to allow India’s participation, a senior BCCI official told, “It is the institution which decides, and not one individual.

Kumble writing to the Board about his decision of wanting to play in the Champions Trophy was uncalled for. He had no business in doing this.”

Earlier, a group of former Indian cricketers, including Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Ajit Agarkar and Murali Karthik had also raised their concerns over the national side’s participation and hoped for them to play.

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