ICC's Chief Executive David Richardson also put speculation to rest about ICC Champions Trophy being continued.
Flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi and batsman Umar Akmal were the prominent names to be axed from the 15-member Pakistan cricket squad announced for the forthcoming ICC Champions Trophy in England.
George Bailey was today handed the vice-captaincy of Australia's squad for their defence of the Champions Trophy, while promising fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile won a call-up.
Jacques Kallis has been left out of South Africa's squad for next month's Champions Trophy, the first time in years the veteran allrounder won't play at a major one-day tournament for his country.
The 15-member India squad for next month's ICC Champions Trophy will be picked in Mumbai tomorrow and it would be interesting to see whether the selectors give a chance to axed senior players such as Virender Sehwag.
England have recalled batsman Ravi Bopara and fast bowler Tim Bresnan for the one-day series against New Zealand and next month's Champions Trophy on home soil, the England and Wales Cricket Board said today.
Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh were today axed while Dinesh Karthik was rewarded for his good batting form with a berth in India's 15-member squad for next month's Champions Trophy tournament.
The Indian team is scheduled to play two warm-up games against Sri Lanka and Australia ahead of its ICC Champions Trophy Group B opener against South Africa next month in England.
All-rounder Dwayne Bravo was named as West Indies captain for next month's Champions Trophy, replacing Darren Sammy who stays in charge of the Test and Twenty 20 squads.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India is not averse to use bullying tactics, but are unlikely to go as far as jeopardise the Champions Trophy over the ICC Cricket Committee controversy.
The spot-fixing saga in the ongoing T20 today took a dramatic turn with ICC withdrawing controversal Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf from the panel of match officials for the upcoming Champions Trophy in England as his role in the scandal is being investigated by Mumbai police.
Indian captain Mahendra Dhoni today said they have got the "right mix" in the fast bowling department that could exploit the seamer-friendly conditions during the Champions Trophy in England.
Often, the Indian cricket board has been criticised for putting the interests of its billion-dollar T20 League ahead of the national team. It is under scrutiny for the same issue as India left port to take part in the Champions Trophy on Wednesday morning.
It may seem bewildering today, but when Jagmohan Dalmiya first conceptualised the Champions Trophy during his tenure as ICC president, the plan was to use it as a tool to globalise cricket and take the sport to new markets. Rohit Bhaskar
India’s first practice session ahead of the Champions Trophy was pushed back from 10am to 1:45pm, but there was one man who came in before everyone else. Rohit Bhaskar