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New Delhi, February 3, 2020
Hockey India on Monday named a 24-member squad for the matches against World No. 1 Belgium in the FIH Pro League to be held on February 8 and 9 at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium in Bhubaneswar.
The team to be led by Manpreet Singh along with vice-captain Harmanpreet Singh and includes newcomer Raj Kumar Pal who impressed with his performance at the Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia.
PR Sreejesh, Krishan Pathak, Gurinder Singh, Amit Rohidas, Surender Kumar, Jarmanpreet Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh are also part of the squad.
Vivek Sagar Prasad, Chinglensana Singh, Dilpreet Singh, Hardik Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Mandeep Singh, Shamsher Singh, Gursahibjit Singh and Kothajit Singh, SV Sunil, Birendra Lakra, Gurjant Singh and Nilakanta Sharma will also be part of the 24-member squad.
Speaking about the team Chief Coach Graham Reid said, "The objective of these matches of the FIH Hockey Pro League is to find the balance between giving players opportunities for Olympic selection, working out our strongest combinations and continuing to demonstrate that we can compete with the best teams in the world."
"Raj Kumar Pal has been rewarded for his outstanding form in the recent camps and named in the squad. He possesses extra-ordinary skills and speed, which if given the opportunity will excel against the World No.1 Belgium," Reid added.