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Rohit, Shami included in India's Champions Trophy squad

India have announced their squad to defend their ICC Champions Trophy crown, with Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami returning to the fold.

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India celebrate Champions Trophy glory in 2013

Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami are among the men included in India's 15-man squad for the defence of the ICC Champions Trophy.

India defeated England in the final at Edgbaston four years ago and are seeking a repeat performance as the tournament returns to the UK, starting next month.

Rohit is one of eight surviving members from that victorious party, although his last one-day international appearance came in October 2016.

Shami's absence from the ODI scene stretches back even further, the seamer last featuring at the World Cup in March 2015.

Yuvraj Singh is included in the squad led by Virat Kohli, as is star spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who has recently been struggling with a hernia.

There had been major doubts over India's participation in the tournament after the BCCI threatened to pull out following changes to revenue-sharing arrangements and governance, but on Sunday the board confirmed their decision to play at a special meeting in New Delhi.

India have been drawn in Group B and will open the defence of their crown against rivals Pakistan at Edgbaston on June 4, before further pool matches versus Sri Lanka and South Africa.

 

India squad in full:

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

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