Aug 16, 2011

Asian Champions Trophy: Indian (men) team announced

Indian Captain Rajpal Singh
Indian men's team for inaugral Asian Champions Trophy has been announced today with Rajpal Singh leading the team in absence of Arjun Halappa.  India will be missing the services of Arjun Halappa, Shivendra Singh, Tushar Khandekar, Bharat Chikara, Dharamvir Singh and Dhananjay Mahadik due to injuries.

Shivendra Singh has not recovered from his life-threatening collarbone injury while Tushar Khandekar and Dhananjay Mahadik are out due to ankle injuries. Another notable absentee from the team is of striker Bharat Chikara who is out of action for more than six months due to knee injury.

Experienced campaigners like forward Prabhjot Singh, midfielder vikram Pillay and goalkeeper Adrain D'souza were not selected in team announced today

The 18 member squad was selected by Hockey India selectors and Government observer. India's coach Michael Nobbs said that he was satisfied by the team selected by the board and added that the team is selected looking at the Champions Trophy in December.

Following is the men's team for Asian Champions Trophy

Goalkeepers: Bharat Chetri and PR Sreejesh
Defenders: Sandeep Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh and Harpreet Singh
Midfielders: Sardar Singh, Gubaj Singh, Ignace Tirkey, Manpreet Singh and Manjit Kullu
Forwards: Rajpal Singh (C), Danish Mujtaba, SV Sunil, Sarvanjit Singh, Ravi Pal Singh, Gurvinder Singh Chandi, Roshan Minz and Yuvraj Valmiki

Apart from the 18 member squad the selectors have also named some stand-byes in case of injuries or pullouts

Standby: Kamalpreet Singh (GK), VR Raghunath (Def), Vikas Sharma (Mid), Biren Lakra (Mid), Mandip Antil (Fwd), Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (Fwd).

To see the schdeule of Asian Champions Trophy, click here
To read Indian women's team for Asian Champions Trophy, click here
To read my view on the Indian team selection, click here

(News Source: Times of India)
(Image source: Google Images)

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