Tournament will be played in Malaysia from March 23 to 30
Teams from 6 countries including India and hosts will participate
new Delhi. Hockey India (HI) announced the 18-member men's team on Wednesday for the 28th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup from March 23. Midfielder Manpreet Singh has been given the command of Indian team for this tournament, which will be held in Ipoh, Malaysia from March 30. Defender Surendra Kumar will take charge of vice captain There are 9 senior and leading players in the team, so young and new players have been given a chance in this team.
In addition to India and host Malaysia in the tournament, Japan team, which won gold, in Canada, Korea, South Africa and Asian Games is taking part. India will launch its campaign against Japan on March 23.
Forward SV Sunil, Akashdeep Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Lalit Upadhyay, Rupinderpal Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Chinglenasan Singh, Vishal Antil and Pradeep Singh are out of the team due to injuries. Hockey India said that the injured players will undergo rehabilitation at the Sai Center in Bangalore. The Indian team will leave for Ipoh from Bangalore on March 18.
Hockey India's High Performance Director David John said, "It is unfortunate that some of the major players will not be able to participate in this tournament due to injury, although they are required to complete the FIH series final in Bhubaneswar this year. FIFA Series Final is important for qualifying for the 2020 Olympics. "
The team is as follows:
Goalkeeper: PR Sreejesh and Krishna B. Reader. Defender: Surendra Singh (vice captain), Gurinder Singh, Birendra Lakra, Kothajit Singh, Varun Kumar and Amit Rohidas Midfielder: Manpreet Singh (Captain), Vivek Sagar Prasad, Sumit, Hardik Singh, Nilkant Sharma. Forward: Mandeep Singh, Simranjeet Singh, Gurjant Singh, Shilanand Lakra and Sumit Kumar