Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid want Indian cricket team to play Champions Trophy
On a day when the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators urged the BCCI to announce the squad for the upcoming Champions Trophy, a number of former cricketers voiced their opinion in favour of the same, according to a report on ESPNCricinfo.
“All the players ESPNcricinfo contacted - Tendulkar, Dravid, Zaheer Khan, Gundappa Viswanath, Sandeep Patil, Sanjay Manjrekar, Aakash Chopra, Ajit Agarkar, Venkatesh Prasad, Saba Karim, Murali Kartik, and Deep Dasgupta - were unanimous in their opinion that India should attempt to defend the Champions Trophy title that they won in 2013,” the report stated.
While the other seven teams in the tournament have already confirmed their squads so far, India are yet to confirm their participation. The CoA has asked them to make necessary preparations to send the team to England. The BCCI had even threatened to boycott the championship after the existing ‘Big Three’ revenue model, brought into effect in 2014, was proposed to be changed.
However, in a letter sent to the members of the board, the CoA ensured that such speculations should be put to rest as soon as possible with the tournament less than a month away. A final decision on India’s participation will however be taken at the board’s special general body meeting in Delhi on May 7.
India had won the previous edition back in 2013 when they defeated England in the final by five runs.