Diwakar Ram to lead Indian team in junior hockey World Cup

May 19th, 2009 - 11:29 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, May 19 (IANS) Diwakar Ram was named captain of the junior hockey team for the World Cup to be hosted by Singapore and Malaysia.
The selectors announced an 18-member squad for the June 7-21 tournament Tuesday.

India have been drawn in Pool D with Holland, New Zealand, Poland and Singapore.

They open their campaign against Singapore June 8.

The team will leave for Singapore June 2 and play two practice matches against Chile and Germany June 4 and 5 respectively.

Twenty teams, drawn in four pools, will take part in the ninth edition of the competition.

Matches will be held at Seng Kang Sports and Recreation Centre, Singapore and Taman Daya Stadium, Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

The squad:

Goalkeepers: Mrinal Choubey, Harjit Singh.

Full-backs: Diwakar Ram (captain), Innocent Kullu, Manjeet Kullu.

Midfielders: Birendra Lakra, Amardeep Ekka, Vikas Sharma, Vivek, Belsajar Horo, Vikas Pillay.

Forwards: Mandeep Antil, Jay Karan, Danish Mujtaba, Pramod Kumar, Mohd. Amir Khan, Victo Singh, Dharamvir Singh.

Coach: A K Bansal

Standbys: C Santosh Kumar (GK), Sunil Yadav, Mohd Asif Khan, Lalit Upadhyay, Yuvraj Walmiki.

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