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India to Compete in Pakistan-Hosted Champions Trophy, Confirms BCCI Secretary

India Champions Trophy Participation

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Jay Shah has confirmed the participation of senior players Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in the ICC Champions Trophy, set to be hosted by Pakistan next year.

In a conversation with the Press Trust of India (PTI), Shah emphasized that Kohli and Sharma will be pivotal to India’s squad for the esteemed ODI tournament.

Following India’s recent victory in the T20 World Cup in the Caribbean, where they defeated South Africa in a thrilling final, Shah expressed confidence in the Indian team’s depth and future potential.

“Our aim is to win all upcoming titles. We have the strongest bench strength; only three players from this team are going to Zimbabwe. We can field three teams if needed,” Shah stated. “Our goal is to win the World Test Championship final and Champions Trophy. The seniors will be there.”

Shah confirmed that both Kohli and Sharma, despite retiring from T20 internationals, will continue to play crucial roles in the ODI and Test formats. The two players decided to step back from T20Is after India’s narrow seven-run victory over South Africa in the T20 World Cup final.

Focus on World Test Championship and Champions Trophy

Shah highlighted his focus on the World Test Championship (WTC) 2023-25 cycle and the Champions Trophy, following India’s recent success in the T20 World Cup. India has now joined West Indies and England as the only teams to have won the T20 World Cup twice.

“The way this team is progressing, our target is to win the World Test Championship final and Champions Trophy. There will be a similar squad playing there. The seniors will be there,” Shah reiterated.

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He backed Rohit Sharma as the captain, noting that despite India’s undefeated run in the ODI World Cup 2023, they fell short in the final against Australia. However, the recent victory in Barbados showcased the team’s resilience and experience.

“It was the same captain last year and here in Barbados. We won all games except the final in 2023 as Australia played better. This time we worked even harder and played better to win the title. Experience counts in World Cups; you can’t experiment much,” he added.

Shah also highlighted the significant contributions of experienced players like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, particularly Rohit’s impressive strike rate compared to younger players. Their recent retirements from T20Is indicate their focus on Test and ODI formats, aiming for success in upcoming major tournaments.

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