Sreejesh retained as captain for Asian hockey Champions Trophy

Star goalkeeper P R Sreejesh was on Thursday retained as captain of the Indian men’s hockey team for the fourth edition of the Asian Champions Trophy, to be held at Kuantan in Malaysia from October 20.

Mid-fielder Manpreet Singh was named Sreejesh’s deputy in the 18-member squad announced by Hockey India (HI). 

The squad is a mix of young and experienced players. Star drag flicker V R Raghunath has been rested along with the forwardline duo of Akashdeep Singh and Ramandeep Singh while seasoned defender Birendra Lakra makes a come-back after an injury lay-off.

While the midfield line-up remains unchanged, the forwardline will see Talwinder Singh and Lalit Kumar Upadhyay. Defender Jasjit Singh Kular will be expected to double-up as drag flicker in the absence of Raghunath.

Scheduled two months after the Olympic Games, the men’s Asian Champions Trophy will see India, Korea, Japan, China and hosts Malaysia challenge defending champions Pakistan. 

Squad: 
Goalkeepers: P R Sreejesh (captain) Akash Chikte.
Defenders: Rupinder Pal Singh, Pardeep Mor, Jasjit Singh Kular, Birendra Lakra, Kothajit Singh, Surender Kumar. Midfielders: Chinglensana Singh Kangujam, Manpreet Singh (Vice Captain), Sardar Singh, S.K. Uthappa, Devindar Walmiki. Forwards: Talwinder Singh, S V Sunil, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Nikkin Thimmaiah, Affan Yousuf.

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