NEW DELHI, AUG 13 ; Midfielder Sardar Singh has been named captain of Indian hockey team which will compete in the 9th Men’s Asia Cup 2013 to held at Ipoh, Malaysia from 4 August 24 to September 1.2013.
Hockey India announced that Hockey India selectors B P Govinda, R P Singh and . Arjun Halappa, Director High Performance & Interim chief coach, Senior Men Team Mr. Roelant Oltmans, coach, M K Kaushik and Scientific Advisor Konrath alongwith the Government observer Harbinder Singh selected the list of 18 players during the selection trials conducted at SAI Centre, Bangalore from 25-27 July 2013.
Goalkeeper P R Sreejesh will be the vice-captain.
The 2013 Asia Cup is a crucial event for all teams involved, with qualification for the 2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup going to the side that claims the Gold medal.
India is placed in Pool B with Korea, Bangladesh and Oman while Pakistan, Malaysia, Japan and Chinese-Taipei are placed in Pool A. India will open its campaign against Oman on August 24 followed by Korea on August 26 and Bangladesh on August 28.
There will be a live telecast of all the matches of Asia Cup on ESPN Star Sports.
Goalkeepers: P R Sreejesh (Vice-Captain), P T Rao.
Defenders; V R Raghunath, Rupinder Pal Singh, Amit Rohidas, Kothajit Singh, Birendra Lakra, Gurmail Singh.
Midfielders: Sardar Singh (Captain), Manpreet Singh, Chinglensana Singh, Dharamvir Singh, S K Uthappa.
Forwards: Ramandeep Singh, Nithin Thimmaiah, Mandeep Singh, Malak Singh, Nikin Thimmaiah.