In contrary to Chief Coach Michael Nobbs’ hints of fielding a relatively young squad in 21st Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, India will be going to Ipoh (Malaysia) in full strength to take part in the tournament to be held from 24 May to 03 June 2012.
Goalkeeper Bharat Chetri and mid-fielder Sardar Singh will be the captain and vice-captain of the 18 member Indian team, which is almost same as the team being fielded by India for Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament Men’s Four Nation Tournament to be held at Riverbank Arena, Olympic Park, London from 2-6 May, 2012 with only two changes. Rupinderpal Singh replaces Ignace Tirkey in deep defence, while Dharamvir Singh comes in place of Chinglensana Singh forward line .
The seven nation tournament will see fierce competition, on blue artificial pitch with yellow balls, from Argentina, Great Britain, India, Korea, New Zealand and Pakistan (all will be playing London Olympics) apart from hosts Malaysia.
Five winners of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, India will play their first match of tournament against New Zealand on 24 May, then followed by matches against Korea (25 May), Great Britain (27 May), Malaysia (28 May), Argentina (30 May) and Pakistan (31 May).
Goalkeepers: Bharat Chetri (Captain), Sreejesh PR
Defenders: Sandeep Singh, VR Raghunath, Rupinderpal Singh
Midfielders: Birendra Lakra, Sardar Singh (Vice- Captain), Manpreet Singh, Gurbaj Singh, Kothajit Singh Khadangbam
Forwards: SV Sunil, Dharamvir Singh, Sarvanjit Singh, Gurwinder Singh Chandi, Shivendra Singh, Danish Mujtaba, S.K Uthappa, Tushar Khandker
Standbys: PT Rao (GK), Harbir Singh (Defender), Pardeep Mor (Midfielder), Pradhan Somanna (Forward)
Team Source: stick2hockey.com