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Sandeep, Prabhjot, Deepak dropped from Azlan Shah squad

Source: PTI
April 24, 2010 17:25 IST
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Drag-flicker Sandeep Singh and strikers Prabhjot Singh and Deepak Thakur were on Saturday dropped from the 18-member Indian squad for the Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh, Malaysia as selectors chose to infuse new blood in the side.

Also missing from the squad to be captained by Rajpal Singh is another drag-flick specialist Diwakar Ram, as the selectors decided to give chance to some new players in the wake of India's poor performance in the World Cup last month.

Goalkeeper Adrian D' Souza and striker Gurvinder Singh Chandi, who played in the World Cup, also failed to find a place in the squad for from May 6-16 event.

The players were selected after a two-day trial at Balewadi, Pune, which ended on Friday.

The selection trials were attended by Hockey India selectors BP Govinda, Balbir Singh, Madhu Yadav and Sita Mehta and government observers Ajitpal Singh and Zafar Iqbal.

"The selectors and coaches unanimously decided to give a chance to some new promising players in this tournament," a Hockey India release said.

"It has also been decided to put a core management team for all overseas series and tournaments as well as domestic matches. This committee shall comprise coaches, captain and team manager who will decide on the playing composition of the squad before every match," it added.

India are four time champions in this tournament having won the title in 1985, 1991, 1995 and 2009.

The Squad: Rajpal Singh (Capt), Tushar Khandker, Shivendra Singh, Mandip Antil, Arjun Halappa, Sarvanjit Singh, Sreejesh PR, Bharat Chetri, Sardar Singh, Dhananjay Mahadik, Amit Prabhakar, Rupinder Pal Singh, Gurbaj Singh, Ravi Pal Singh, Prabodh Tirkey, Bharat Chikara, Vikas Pillay, Danish Mujtaba.

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