Goalkeeper Bharat Chetri has been retained captain and Sardar Singh will continue as vice-captain of 22 member Indian hockey squad for the upcoming European tour, which will see the debut of Nitin Thimmaiah and Pradhan Somanna . During the tour, India will play test matches against France, Spain and South Africa followed by a three-nation (Great Britain, India and Spain) invitational tournament in Spain.
Yuvraj Walmiki who replaced Gurvinder Singh Chandi for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, is dropped as Chandi returns. Experienced Ignace Tirkey is back in team after he was rest, while Chinglensana Singh makes the cut after missing out the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.
The three-nation tournament involving Great Britain, India and hosts Spain will be played on the blue artificial turf with yellow kookaburra balls.
India will play a total of eight matches during the three week long France and Spain tour, which are expected to help the team to acclimatise to the European conditions and will be last outing before they play in Olympics at Riverbank Arena, London. Continue reading →