Manpreet Singh

Manpreet Singh

Manpreet Singh to lead Indian team in FIH Pro League matches in South Africa

New Delhi, January 28, 2022

Versatile midfielder Manpreet Singh will lead the 20-member Indian Hockey squad in the FIH Pro League matches against South Africa and France to be played in Potchefstroom, South Africa from February 8 to 13.

Defender Harmanpreet Singh has been named the vice-captain of the team which includes two new faces -- young dragflicker Jugraj Singh and speedy forward Abhishek.

The squad includes goalkeepers P R Sreejesh, Krishan Bahadur Pathak, defenders Harmanpreet Singh, Amit Rohidas, Surender Kumar, Varun Kumar, Jarmanpreet Singh and Jugraj Singh.

The midfield will see Manpreet Singh, Nilakanta Sharma, Hardik Singh, Jaskaran Singh, Shamsher Singh and Vivek Sagar Prasad in action.

The forward line includes Mandeep Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Akashdeep Singh, Shilanand Lakra, Dilpreet Singh and Abhishek.

Standbys: Suraj Karkera, Mandeep Mor, Raj Kumar Pal, Sumit and Gursahibjit Singh

Chief Coach Graham Reid said, "With a very busy and important year ahead, the Indian team is excited to be back on the world stage and playing in the latest edition of the FIH Hockey Pro League."

"After a three-week camp in Bengaluru, a team has been selected that includes 14 Tokyo Olympians and two debutants," he said.

"We have tried to choose an experienced group that will not only give us a great opportunity to start this season of the FIH Hockey Pro League in a positive manner, it reflects the high quality of opposition we will encounter in the opening games.

"We are also using this opportunity to debut two new players. Jugraj Singh, a versatile defender/midfielder who adds to our drag flick options and Abhishek, a strong, fast striker who loves scoring goals," Reid added.

The team will leave for South Africa from Bengaluru on February 4.

They will play France in the first match on February 8 and take on South Africa on 9 February. In the second leg, they will play France on February 12 and hosts South Africa on the following day.


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