Former India captain, Viren Rasquinha, making a comeback with the inaugural edition of the World Series Hockey will represent Mumbai, while mercurial striker Dhanraj Pillay will strengthen the Karnataka team “Karnataka Lions” in the prestigious League that gets underway from December 17.
The teams were finalized via a player draft that was held at the ITC Grand Central, Parel (Mumbai). The fourth franchise of WSH i.e. “Delhi Wizards” was also announced today. The Delhi franchise is owned by Wizcraft International , India’s well-known Communication and Entertainment company. As earlier announced Chennai franchise Chennai Cheetahs is owned by Chennai Sports Organisers, while Karnataka Lions is owned Zentrum Group mentored by action hero Suniel Shetty and ‘Sai Grace Sports & Events Private Limited (SGSEPL)’ is the franchise owner for Pune Strykers.
On joining World Series Hockey, Sabbas Joseph, Director Wizcraft International, said, “We have always been associated with marquee sports events like the ICC World Cup 2011, Indian Premier League and the Commonwealth Games. We see tremendous opportunity in sports in terms of a business and more importantly in building a loyal fan base. This is an important step that will further expand the canvas for Wizcraft and help build a strong following for our national game.”
Following is the final team composition of all 8 teams that will play in the World Series Hockey.
Coach: V Bhaskaran.
Captain: Sardar Singh
Goalkeepers: Baljeet Singh, Harmanpreet Singh;
Defenders: V R Raghunath, Baljinder Singh, Harbir Singh, Andrew Eversden, Shailendra Singh, Kangujam Suresh Singh;
Midfielders: Waseem Ahmad, Casey Henwood, Alfonso Pombo, Girish Pimpale, Mohd. Sahir, David Seddon, Cheeyanna A B, Sardar Singh (Capt.);
Forwards: Shivendra Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Tushar Khandekar, Sameer Dad, N Senthil Kumar, Armaan Quereshi.
Coach: Harendra Singh
Captain: Rehan Butt
Goalkeepers: PR Sreejesh, P T Rao;
Defenders: Gurjinder Singh, Mathew Phillips;
Midfielders: Robert Green, Preetinder Singh Sidhu, Jiwa Mohan, Ajitesh Roy, Birender Lakra, Lloyd Stephenson, Barkat Singh, Sandeep Singh;
Forwards: Rehan Butt (Capt.), Sarvanjit Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Bharat Chikara, Mohammed Amir, Sukhwinder Singh Gabbar, Sher Singh, Pramod Kumar, Jasjit Singh Kular, Ranjodh Singh, Sanawar Ali.
Chennai Cheetahs Squad:
Coach: Jose Brasa
Captain: Brent Livermore
Goalkeeper: Bharat Chetri;
Defender: Dhananjay Mahadik, Amit Prabhakar, Syed Imran Warsi, Chintakunta Santosh Kumar, Samir Baxla, Gauravjeet Singh;
Midfielders: Brent Livermore (Capt.), Vikas Sharma, Vikram Pillay, Joseph Reardon, Amardeep Ekka, Rafeeq S M;
Forwards: Veerasamy Raja, Danish Mujtaba, Dharamvir Singh, Benedikt Sperling, Peter Kelly, Adam Sinclair, Sandeep Antil, Roderik Huber, S Arumugam.
Delhi Wizards Squad:
Coach: Roelant Oltmans
Captain: Lucas Vila
Goalkeepers: Kamaldeep Singh, Mrinal Choubey;
Defenders: Rupinder Pal Singh, Jaswinder Singh, Keisham Roshan, Manjeet Kullu, Lovedeep Singh, C S Khalko;
Midfielders: Gurbaj Singh, Patrick Harris, Vickram Kanth, Matias Minz, Vivek Gupta, Anand Tirkey, Martijn de Jager;
Forwards: Lucas Vila (Capt.), Shakeel Abbasi, Manoj Antil, K Victo Singh, Rodrigo Vila, Rajpal Singh, Bruno Lugun.
Karnataka Lions Squad:
Coach: Jude Felix
Captain: Arjan Halappa
Goalkeepers: Devesh Chauhan, Jagdeep Dayal;
Defenders: Sandeep Singh, Inocent Kullu, Zeeshan Ashraf, Sandeep Singh Jr, Abhishek Singh;
Midfielders: Arjun Halappa (Capt.), S K Uthappa, Ignace Tirkey, Ravipal Singh, Adnan Maqsood, Nitin Kumar, Tommy Hammond, Gursev Singh, B Nagalingaswamy;
Forwards: Dhanraj Pillai, Nitin Thimmaiah, Eli Matheson, Jarnail Singh, Amar Aiyamma, Arjun Antil, Vinayak Bijwad.
Coach: Andrew Meredith
Captain: Adrian D’Souza
Goalkeepers: Adrian D’Souza (Capt.), Sudhir Dixit;
Defender: Melchior Looijen;
Midfielders: Sung Min, Viren Rasquinha, Prabodh Tirkey, Devender Walmiki, Rajesh Kumar, Phelie Maguire, Conroy Remedios, Errol D’Silva;
Forwards: Pedro Ibarra, Pradhan Somanna, Yuvraj Walmiki, S V Sunil, Juan Martin Lopez, Connor Grimes, G M Hariprasad, Anup Antony, Jay Karan, Joga Singh, Aijub Ekka, Shashi Topno.
Pune Strykers Squad:
Coach: Gundeep Singh
Captain: Rodrigo Garza
Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Guri, Sunny Samuel;
Defenders: Rodrigo Garza (Capt.), Diwakar Ram, Sunil Yadav, Vinod Nair:
Midfielders: Vikas Pillay, Vikram Yadav, Tyron Pereira, Gurpreet Singh, Amit Gowda, Alvin Alexander;
Forwards: Gurvinder Singh Chandi, K Chinglensena Singh, Facundo Callioni, Bikash Toppo, Nikkin Thimmaiah, Roshan Minz, Birendra Lakra, Damandeep Singh, Alden D’Souza, Poonacha M G.
Coach: Rajinder Singh
Captain: Prabhjot Singh
Goalkeepers: Dinesh Ekka, Sukhjeet Singh;
Defenders: Maik Gunther, Harpal Singh, Prabhdeep Singh, William Xalco;
Midfielders: V S Vinaya, Mathias Vila, Andreu Enrich, Imran Khan;
Forwards: Prabhjot Singh (Capt.), Akashdeep Singh, Deepak Thakur, Gagandeep Singh, Steven Faaij, Karamjit Singh, Mandeep Antil, Tariq Aziz, Inderjit Singh, Gurjant Singh, Chris Seddon, Didar Singh, Prabhdeep Singh.