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Hockey India name unchanged Indian squad for Asian Champions Trophy

Press Trust of India
Dec 07, 2012 at 05:29pm IST

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New Delhi: Senior players continue to miss the bus as defending champions India on Friday named an unchanged 18-member squad under Sardar Singh for the second Asian Champions Trophy to be held at Doha from December 20-27. India, who defeated Pakistan 4-2 via penalty shootout en route to the tital last year in Ordos, China, fielded the same team that is currently playing in the FIH Champions Trophy in Melbourne, where they will meet hosts Australia in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Full-back VR Raghunath will continue to be Sardar's deputy in the team, which does not feature the likes of ace drag-flicker Sandeep Singh, Shivendra Singh, Tushar Khandkar, former captain Bharat Chetri among others. HI selectors decided against tinkering with the team after India's impressive outing in the ongoing Champions Trophy, an event where India last won a medal (bronze) in 1982.

Eight-time Olympic champions India had reached the last four stage of the Champions Trophy for the first time this year since 2004. Sandeep and Shivendra, however, found out a place in the eight-men stand-bye list. The 2012 edition of the Asian Champions Trophy will also feature China, Japan, Malaysia, Oman and Pakistan.

Indian hockey squad unchanged for Asian CT

India will open their campaign against China on December 20.

India will open their campaign against China on December 20 followed by matches against Japan (December 21), Oman (December 23), Pakistan (December 24) and Malaysia (December 26).

The squad:

Goalkeepers:

1. PR Sreejesh

2. PT Rao

Fullbacks:

3. VR Raghunath (vice-captain)

4. Rupinderpal Singh

5. Harbir Singh

Half-backs:

6. Sardar Singh (captain)

7. Kothajit Singh

8. Birendra Lakra

9. Manpreet Singh

10. Gurmail Singh

Forwards:

11. SV Sunil

12. Gurvinder Singh Chandi

13. Danish Mujtaba

14. S.K. Uthappa

15. Nithin Thimmaiah

16. Yuvraj Walmiki

17. Dharamvir Singh

18. Akashdeep Singh

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