India confirm they will play in Champions Trophy
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 07/05/17 10:05am
India have finally confirmed their participation in next month's Champions Trophy.
There were concerns that the Board of Control for Cricket in India may decide at a special general meeting in Delhi on Sunday to keep Virat Kohli's team at home instead of travelling to the eight-team tournament in England.
The uncertainty stemmed from India's evident dissatisfaction with the new power and revenue-sharing model agreed by the International Cricket Council last month.
However, in a short statement attributed to BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary, those fears were allayed - and India will therefore defend the title they won four years ago, also in England.
"The BCCI SGM unanimously decided that the Indian cricket team will participate in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy," said the BCCI.
"The all-India senior selection meeting will be held tomorrow, May 8, in New Delhi to pick the team."
India missed the initial deadline of April 25 to name their squad - a date met by all other participating nations - but will face no sanction for the delay.
Further discussions are, however, in the offing over India's response to the ICC's policy change before it is adopted at the world governing body's annual conference next month.
The BCCI added in its statement: "The board unanimously authorised the acting honorary secretary of the BCCI to continue negotiations with the ICC in the best interest of the BCCI, while keeping its legal options open."
England play the opening match of the tournament against Bangladesh at The Oval on June 1.