The schedule of the Asian Champions Trophy
On Friday, Hockey India shortlisted a 20 members team for the Asian Champions Trophy. Dhaka, Bangladesh will be the host of the tournament this year.
India, the Tokyo Olympic bronze medallist will kick start their campaign on 14 December against Korea. Team India will encounter Bangladesh on 15 December. The second match will be followed by a match against the arch-enemies Pakistan (17 December). The very next day, team India will be playing against Malaysia. India will further face Japan on 19th December.
Manpreet Singh will be the captain. And Harmanpreet Singh will be the vice-captain of the team. The goalkeepers of the team are Krishan B Pathak and Suraj Karkera.
The team will be under the charge of Harmanpreet Sigh along with Gurinder Singh, Jarmanpreet Singh, Nilam Sanjeep Xess, Dipsan Tirkey, Varun Kumar, and Mandeep Mor who will be in the defence.
Manpreet Singh, Hardik Singh, Manpreet Singh, Jaskaran Singh, Sumit, Rajkumar Pal, Shamsher Singh, and Akashdeep Singh will patrol, the mid-field. However, The front line will be led by Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Dilpreet Singh, Gursahibjit Singh, and Shilanand Lakra.
The shortlisted team for the Champions Trophy 2021
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Defenders: Jarmanpreet Singh, Dipsan Tirkey, Harmanpreet Singh (VC), Gurinder Singh, Varun Kumar, Nilam Sanjeep Xess, Mandeep Mor.
Goalkeepers: Krishan Bahadur Pathak, Suraj Karkera.
Midfielders: Rajkumar Pal, Akashdeep Singh, Hardik Singh, Manpreet Singh (C), Jaskaran Singh, Sumit, Shamsher Singh.
Forwards: Dilpreet Singh, Gursahibjit Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Shilanand Lakra.
The head coach of the team, Graham Reid said “While selecting this team we now must have our eyes on the future. It takes a deep and strong squad to build sustained success. We need t0 give opportunities to players to perform,”
Moreover, he added, “We have picked a team that has a good mix of experience and younger guys who will have their chance to show what they can do. It is a hectic match schedule and given the Covid-19 situation, FIH & AHF have allowed 18 players to be chosen each game out of a greater squad of 20. We are looking forward to the challenge,”