Goalkeeper Baljit Singh, who made a comeback to the Indian hockey camp after a gap of two years due to injury in his right during a national camp in Pune in 2009, was left out of the reduced strength of 48-campers for Indian Hockey Team National Camp for the first Asian Champions Trophy at China in September. The three-day trials to reduce the list of probables for the event concluded at the Sports Authority of India Centre, Bangalore on Friday evening. Hockey India Selectors Col. Balbir Singh, BP Govinda, Thoiba Singh and AB Subbaiah, besides Government Observer Dilip Tirkey witnessed the trials.
The star forward Prabhjot Singh, who was left out from team and camps after Hero Honda FIH World Cup 2010, where India finished lowly 8th, is included the 48, as the govt observer Dilip Tirkey stressed on inclusion of experienced players like Prabhjot Singh, Ignace Tirkey, William Xalxo, Prabodh Tirkey etc. and make them fit for Olympic qualifiers, because junior players can not be drafted directly in senior team as they dont have enough experience to play at top level.
The probables are:
Goalkeepers: Bharat Chetri, Adrian D’Souza, PR Sreejesh, Kamaldeep Singh.
Defenders: Rupinder Pal Singh, Sandeep Singh, William Xalxo, VR Raghunath, Harpreet Singh, Gurjinder Singh, Diwakar Ram.
Midfielders: Sardar Singh, Gurbaj Singh, Vikram Pillay, Arjun Halappa, Vikas Sharma, Vikram Kanth, Bharat Chhikara, Danish Mujtaba, Prabodh Tirkey, Vikas Pillay, Birender Lakra Jr., Ravi Pal, Ignace Tirkey, Manjit Kullu, Kothajit, Manpreet Singh, Ajitesh Roy.
Forwards: Rajpal Singh, SV Sunil, Tushar Khandker, Amar Aiyamma, Mandip Antil, Shivendra Singh, Bikas Toppo, Sarvanjit Singh, Roshan Minz, Nithin Thimmaiah, Prabhdeep Singh, Banmali Xess, Akashdeep Singh, Gurvinder Singh Chandi, Pradhan Somanna, Prabhjot Singh, Yuvraj Valmiki, Dharamvir Singh, Chinglinsana, Ramandeep Singh.