Defender Harmanpreet Singh was on Friday named the captain of the 18-member Indian hockey squad for the Olympic test event as the team management on Thursday decided to rest some of the senior players.
The players rested include captain Manpreet Singh, P R Sreejesh and Surender Kumar.
The Olympic Test Event is slated to be played from August 17-21 in Japan.
The Indian team chief coach Graham Reid said that the break will help the players shake off any niggling injuries and get fresh ahead of the Olympic qualifying matches in November.
"We are resting some senior players including Manpreet Singh, some of whom have had a very rigorous last 12 months of hockey, and this will give them a chance to shake off any niggling injuries and get fresh for the next three months of preparation for the November qualifying matches," said Reid.
In the absence of the senior players, Harmanpreet Singh and Mandeep Singh have been named the captain and vice-captain, respectively, and two players -- Ashis Topno and Shamsher Singh -- have earned their debut spots in the national team. Experienced striker S V Sunil has returned to the national team after a gap of nine months.
Reid said the Olympic Test Event will give a few players the chance to show their mettle on the international stage.
"With no world ranking points at risk, the Tokyo test event gives us an ideal opportunity to not only get a first hand look at how Tokyo is shaping up for next year’s Olympics, we will also see some players who have not had a chance to show us what they can do on the international stage," said Reid.