2 July 2013: Indian Senior Men Core Probables will assemble in Bangalore from 16th July for a month to prepare for for the 9th Men’s Asia Cup to be held at Ipoh, Malaysia from 24 August-01 September 2013.
The list of 48 senior men core probables, which consists of 7 goalkeepers, 9 defenders, 12 midfielders and 20 forwards, has some good surprise inclusions such as Nikkin Thimmaiah, Manjit Kullu, Vikas Pillay, Jagdeep Dayal, etc. while Sandeep Singh and Shivendra Singh, who were recalled to team for World League 3 in Rotterdam, are missing. Other than that the list looks pretty much mix of current Junior and Senior Indian teams, some other well deserved players are sidelined yet again for the obvious reasons.
The Indian team is placed in Pool B with Korea, Bangladesh and Oman while Pool A consists of Pakistan, Malaysia, Japan and Chinese-Taipei. The 9th Asia Cup, will be India’s last chance to book their tickets for FIH Men’s World Cup 2014 to be played in The Hague, The Netherlands from 31 May-15 June 2014, as only the winner qualifies.
The list of Indian Senior Men core probables is as given below:
Goalkeepers: PR Sreejesh, PT Rao, Sreenivasa Rao Katharu, Nanak Singh, Naveen Kumar, Jagdeep Dayal, Abhinay Kumar Pandey
Defenders: VR Raghunath, Rupinder Pal Singh, Harbir Singh Sandhu, Amit Rohidas, Sampath Kumar Maylaram, Gagandeep Singh, Dayananda Chanamthabam, Narinder Pal Singh, Gurmail Singh
Midfielders: Sardar Singh, Manpreet Singh, M B Aiyappa, Kothajit Singh, Pardeep Mor, Vivek Dhar, Birendra Lakra, Jaspreet Singh, Simranjit Singh, Manjit Kullu, Vikas Pillay, Sumit
Forwards: SV Sunil, Gurwinder Singh Chandi, Chinglensana Singh, Danish Mujtaba, SK Uthappa, Pradhan Sommanna, Nithin Thimmaiah, Dharamvir Singh, Akashdeep Singh, MG Poonacha, Prabhdeep Singh, PL Thimmanna, Sukhdev Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Jasjeet Singh, Nikkin Thimmaiah, Harman Preet Singh, Manjinder Singh, M.K Muddappa, Gagandeep Singh