Yuvraj excited by Trophy return

12 May 2017 12:13:14 EST

Yuvraj Singh is excited about making his first ICC Champions Trophy appearances for 11 years.

India all-rounder Yuvraj made his debut in the competition in 2002, when it was held in Kenya, but has not featured since the 2006 event in his homeland.

However, having won his cancer battle, the 35-year-old could make his 300th one-day international appearance at the tournament.

He currently has 296 caps to his name and said: "I am delighted to be returning to the India side for the 50-over ICC tournament and look forward to making a meaningful contribution as the side aims to defend its title.

"The United Kingdom is an excellent location to host the ICC Champions Trophy. We have always felt at home away from home due to the overwhelming support we always receive there.

"Like any other ICC tournament, it will be a challenging event with each team arriving there believing it can lift the silverware.

"We are in a tough group, but at the same time we are a form side following a highly successful domestic season.

"We will target to carry forward the winning momentum into the ICC Champions Trophy, so that we can become the second side after Australia to win back-to-back titles."

India won the 2013 event in England by beating the hosts in the final, while this year's final takes place at The Oval on June 18th.

India are 9/2 to win the Champions Trophy, with Pakistan 18/1 and Sri Lanka 33/1.

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