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Hockey India announces squad for Asia Cup, Sardar Singh returns

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New Delhi: Hockey India on Saturday announced the 18-member Indian men’s hockey team for the Asia Cup which takes place from October 11th- 22nd in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The team will be captained by Manpreet Singh while S.V Sunil will shoulder the duties of vice-captain.

After giving some top junior players some good exposure in the recent Europe Tour, Hockey India named a squad with a balance of youth and experience. Goalkeepers Akash Chikte and Suraj Karkera retain their spot in the squad whereas defenders Harmanpreet Singh and Surender Kumar make a return after being rested for the Europe Tour.

The 18-member team will also see the return of experienced hands in Sardar Singh, SV Sunil, Akashdeep Singh and Satbir Singh.


“I am looking forward to working with the team which has been picked to have a good blend of experience and youth. The upcoming Hero Asia Cup 2017 will be our first tournament together, and I am very excited to see how the team expresses their leadership qualities on the field. I have previously watched the team live in Netherlands, and I feel that the energy within the team and their play is very impressive. We will be focusing on performing well as a team and will be aiming to win the tournament,” expressed chief coach Sjoerd Marijne.

India feature in Pool A alongside Japan hosts Bangladesh and Pakistan. They will start their tournament against Japan on October 11, 2017, before facing Bangladesh on October 13, 2017. The team will play their third and final league match of the Hero Asia Cup 2017 against Pakistan on October 15, 2017.

Ahead of their departure for the Asia Cup, the national squad will continue their National Camp until October 5.

Squad:

Goalkeepers
1. Akash Anil Chikte
2. Suraj Karkera

Defenders
3. Dipsan Tirkey
4. Kothajit Singh
5. Surender Kumar
6. Harmanpreet Singh
7. Varun Kumar

Midfielders
8. SK Uthappa
9. Sardar Singh
10. Manpreet Singh (Captain)
11. Chinglensana Singh
12. Sumit

Forwards
13. SV Sunil (Vice Captain)
14. Akashdeep Singh
15. Ramandeep Singh
16. Lalit Kumar Upadhyay
17. Gurjant Singh
18. Satbir Singh

India will play Japan in their first match on 11 October.