Hockey India has released a list of 48 players who will take part in a camp that will prepare them for the 9th Asia Cup. The list includes the names of nine defenders, seven goalkeepers, 20 forwards, and 12 midfielders. The camp will be held at SAI Center in Bangalore.
Sandeep Singh might have been among those selected, but Hockey India did not announce his name because of his poor performance in the third round of the FIH Hockey World League at Rotterdam this June.
The 9th Asia cup will be held in Malaysia from Aug 24 to Sept 1, and the training camp will be held from July 16 to Aug 16. The participants were carefully selected by Savitri Purty, B. P. Govinda, Jason Konrath, the team’s scientific advisor, Michael Nobbs, the team’s chief coach, and Harbinder Singh, the government observer.
The Indian team is now in Pool B with the teams of Oman, Bangladesh, and Korea. Chinese Taipei, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Japan are in Pool A. The winners will get the opportunity to take part in the World Cup 2014.
The goalkeepers selected are P. T. Rao, P. R. Sreejesh, Nanak Singh, Sreenivasa Rao Katharu, Abhinay Kumar Pandey, Jagdeep Dayal, and Naveen Kumar.