FIH Pro League: Manpreet Singh will lead India against Belgium, Raj Kumar Pal is the only newcomer
NEW DELHI: Manpreet Singh will lead India in the next FIH Pro League matches against world number 1 Belgium, a 24-member team for which it was announced on Monday and includes a lonely newcomer in Raj Kumar Pal .
Harmanpreet singh He will fulfill his duty as vice captain in the matches that will take place on February 8 and 9 at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.
Raj Kumar Pal was impressive in his stint with the India Colts team in the past season when it won a silver medal at the Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia.
The seasoned P R Sreejesh, Krishan Pathak , Gurinder Singh Amit Rohidas, Surender Kumar, Jarmanpreet Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh are also part of the team.
Head coach Graham Reid said: The goal of these FIH matches Hockey Pro League is to find the balance between giving players opportunities for the Olympic team, solving our strongest combinations and continuing to show that we can compete with the best teams in the world.
Reid added, 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.
Equipment: PR Sreejesh , Krishan Bahadur Pathak, Harmanpreet singh , Gurinder Singh , Amit Rohidas, Surender Kumar, Jarmanpreet Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh, Manpreet Singh , Vivek Sagar Prasad, Chinglensana Singh, Raj Kumar Pal , Dilpreet Singh, Hardik Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Mandeep Singh, Shamsher Singh, Gursahibjit Singh, Kothajit Singh Kadangbam, Birendra Lakra, Nilakanta Sharma, Gurjant Singh, SV Sunil.