Hockey India have announced the probables for the upcoming national camp. The squad will consist of 33 members and was selected by coach Roelant Oltmans.
The biggest omission in the squad was that of experienced goalkeeper VR Raghunath. Besides him, the coach also decided to omit experienced Danish Mujtaba and Devinder Walmiki both of whom were part of the Rio Olympics squad.
There was also no place in the squad for Gurbaj Singh, the most expensive player in the recently concluded Indian Hockey League.
Hockey India declined to comment on why the players were omitted.
The squad also includes 11 players from the Junior World Cup winning squad.
Speaking on the probables, Oltmans said:
“It was a busy start to the new year with the HIL, where I feel some of the players did extremely well under pressure situations. Like I had mentioned earlier, the selection process for the core probables was based on the players’ performances in the year 2016 as well as the 2017 HIL. This is an important year for Indian hockey with the Men’s Hockey World League Semi-Final London 2017 and the World League Final in December.”
Here is the 33-man probable squad:
Goalkeepers: Akash Chikte, PR Sreejesh, Vikas Dahiya, Suraj Karkera.
Defenders: Dipsan Tirkey, Pardeep Mor, Birendra Lakra, Kothajit Singh, Surender Kumar, Rupinderpal Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Jasjit Singh Kular, Gurinder Singh, Amit Rohidas.
Midfielders: Chinglensana Singh, SK Uthappa, Sumit, Satbir Singh, Sardar Singh, Manpreet Singh, Harjeet Singh, Nilakanta Sharma, Manpreet, Simranjeet Singh.
Forwards: Ramandeep Singh, SV Sunil, Talwinder Singh, Mandeep Singh, Affan Yousuf, Nikkin Thimmaiah, Gurjant Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Lalit Upadhyay.