New Delhi, 27 November 2013: Indian Junior Men National Team for the Hero Hockey Junior Men World Cup 2013 was announced today in a glamorous event organised at Hotel The Lalit in New Delhi where all the 18 players were introduced one by one to the media and guests.
The 18 member team will be Captained by the experienced midfielder Manpreet Singh while defender Amit Rohidas will be the Vice-Captain.
Hockey India Secretary General Dr. Narinder Batra said “Our Junior team has been training hard to reach the pinnacle during the forthcoming Junior Men World Cup. Winning the Sultan of Johar Cup and subsequent exposure during the Asian Champions Trophy were steps in right direction for the preparations. I wish each and every player and support staff all the very best”.
Foreign Coach of the Junior Men Hockey Team Gregg Clarke said with one week left to the start of the Junior World Cup, the team and all its support staff are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the World’s best junior players in India. “Playing a World Cup at home will be a memorable occasion for the players. We have prepared well and look forward taking on the World’s best” he said.
The tournament schedule is set with four pools of four teams followed by quarter-finals, semi-finals, classification and medal matches. India is placed in Pool C with The Netherlands, Korea and Canada. Pool A will feature Germany, Pakistan, Belgium and Egypt, while Australia, Spain, Argentina and France are competing in Pool B. England, New Zealand, South Africa and Malaysia going head to head in Pool D.
India will open its campaign against The Netherlands on 6 December 2013 at 2000hrs followed by Canada on 7 December 2013 at 2000hrs and Korea on 10 December 2013 at 2000hrs (Full Schedule Here).
India had won the title of the Junior Men World Cup in 2001 when they defeated Argentina in the final held in Australia. India finished as runners-up in the fifth edition of the Junior Men World Cup held in England in 1997 when they lost to Australia in the final.
All the matches will be telecasted live on Ten Sports. The tickets of the Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 can be purchased from www.ticketgenie.in
Junior Indian Hockey Team for the Hero Hockey Junior Men World Cup 2013 is as following:
GOALKEEPERS: Sushant Tirkey , Harjot Singh;
DEFENDERS: Gurjinder Singh, Amit Rohidas (Vice-Captain), Surender Kumar, Sukhmanjit Singh, Pardeep Mor; Kothajit Singh;
MIDFIELDERS: Manpreet Singh (Captain), Satbir Singh, Harjit Singh, Imran Khan, Prabhdeep Singh;
FORWARDS: Malak Singh , Mandeep Singh, Talwinder Singh, Akashdeep Singh , Ramandeep Singh;
STANDBYS: Jagdeep Dayal– Goalkeeper, Lalit Upadhyay- Midfielder , Gurmail Singh- Midfielder, Affan Yousuf- Forward.