Indian Men Junior Hockey Team is announced for training and Test matches scheduled to be held from 02 to 13 December 2014 in Gold Coast, Australia in preparation for the 8th Men’s Junior Asia Cup in 2015.
The 18-member squad will be led by midfielder Harjeet Singh, and forward Imran Khan will be his deputy for the 5-match Test series. The team also include the stars of the 4th Sultan of Johor Cup 2014; defender Harmanpreet Singh and forward Simranjeet Singh. The champions of the Sultan of Johor Cup are looking forward to continue their winning spree and repeat the success of the Senior Men Team, who defeated Australia on their home turf.
Hockey India selectors Harbinder Singh, Dr. R. P. Singh, Arjun Halappa, Roelant Oltmans, Director High Performance, Coach Harendra Singh and Coach B J Kariappa selected 18 players after the selection trials conducted at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi on 17 November 2014.
Speaking on the team structure, Coach Harendra Singh said, “The team is all set to take on Australia on their home turf. We have selected the best players for the tour and also giving the opportunity to new boys to gain international exposure. The team has the right combination of experienced players and new talent. In the recent camp in New Delhi, we have worked on every player’s skills and strengths. This Australia tour is an ideal preparation for the Junior Men Asia Cup, which will be held in 2015. We are upbeat about our recent performance in the Sultan of Johor Cup and confident of doing well in Australia.”
Indian Men Junior Hockey Team for Australia Tour:
Goalkeepers: Abhinav Kumar Pandey, Jugraj Singh
Defenders: Varun Kumar, Harmanpreet Singh, Dipsan Tirkey, Gurinder Singh, Jarmanpreet Singh, Anand Lakra
Midfielders: Harjeet Singh – Captain; Imran Khan – Vice Captain; Santa Singh; Manpreet Singh (jr); Sumit
Forwards: Parvinder Singh; Simranjeet Singh; Sumit Toppo; Mandeep Singh; Arman Qureshi