CT 2017: India coach Anil Kumble tells BCCI that Virat Kohli and Co want to play in Champions Trophy

Anil Kumble's insistence on India playing in the Champions Trophy comes a day after India legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Gundappa Viswanath backed the move.

FP Sports, May, 05 2017

A day after India legends like Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid expressed their opinion that India should participate in the 2017 Champions Trophy, national team coach Anil Kumble too has reportedly told the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that the wrangling over finances with the International Cricket Council (ICC) should not hamper the team’s participation at the tournament.

File photo of Indian coach Anil Kumble (L) and captain Virat Kohli. AFP

File photo of Indian coach Anil Kumble (L) and captain Virat Kohli. AFP

According to a report in The Mumbai Mirror, Kumble had conveyed to BCCI’s office bearers that the Virat Kohli-led team was keen on defending its Champions Trophy title. The tournament begins on 1 June in England and India are defending champions having won it in 2013.

The BCCI is expected to take a final decision on India’s participation at the tournament at its special general body meeting on Sunday in New Delhi.

The Mirror report quoted BCCI sources as saying that “important players had expressed their desire to play in the Champions Trophy, and that coach Kumble had taken the lead in this matter.”

Apart from Tendulkar and Dravid, Zaheer Khan, Gundappa Viswanath, Sandeep Patil, Sanjay Manjrekar, Aakash Chopra, Ajit Agarkar, Venkatesh Prasad, Saba Karim, Murali Kartik, and Deep Dasgupta had told ESPNcricinfo that they were in favour of India participating at the eight-team tournament.

The pressure on BCCI to send a team was exacerbated by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) when it asked the board to immediately announce the Champions Trophy squad.

India’s participation has been under a cloud ever since BCCI missed a 25 April deadline to name its squad for the tournament, which the board claimed was owing to "operational reasons." After that, the BCCI lost a crucial vote at the ICC board meeting, where members approved a new constitution, governance structure and finance model, which the Indian board has branded unfair.

Published Date: May 05, 2017 | Updated Date: May 05, 2017

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3767 111
3 England 4497 105
4 New Zealand 3114 97
5 Australia 3294 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 6386 120
2 India 6379 120
3 Australia 5948 114
4 England 6156 114
5 New Zealand 5432 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2843 124
2 New Zealand 1925 120
3 West Indies 2395 120
4 England 2029 119
5 India 2965 119