Drag-flicker Gurjinder Singh, who was named the player of the tournament in last year’s World Series Hockey (WSH), was on Tuesday named in the 18-member Indian team for the Hero Hockey World League Round 2 to be held at the National Stadium here from February 18 to 24.
Gurjinder, who gave a string of fabulous performances last year, was drafted into the team in the place of half-back Gurmail Singh.
Mandeep Singh, Malak Singh and Chinglensana Singh replaced S.K. Uthappa, Yuvraj Walmiki and Akashdeep Singh respectively in the forwardline.
The preparatory camp for the World League, the qualifying event for next year’s World Cup at The Hague (The Netherlands), will start at the National Stadium here from Feb. 11.
India, ranked 11th in the world, will be joined by Ireland (15), China (18), Oman (36), Bangladesh (40) and Fiji (71) in the event.
India will open its campaign against Fiji on Feb. 18 before meeting Oman (Feb. 20), Ireland (Feb. 21), China (Feb. 23) and Bangladesh (Feb. 24).
Men: Goalkeepers: P.R. Sreejesh, P.T. Rao; Defenders: V.R. Raghunath (vice-captain), Rupinderpal Singh, Harbir Singh; Midfielders: Birendra Lakra, Manpreet Singh, Kothajit Singh, Sardar Singh (captain), Gurjinder Singh; Forwards: Danish Mujtaba, Nithin Thimmaiah, Mandeep Singh, Malak Singh, S.V. Sunil, Chinglensana Singh, Dharamvir Singh, Gurvinder Singh Chandi. Standbys: Sushant Tirkey (goalkeeper), Sandeep Singh (defender), M.B. Aiyappa, Gurmail Singh (midfielders), Akashdeep Singh, Imran Khan (forwards).
Women: Goalkeepers: Yogita Bali, Savita; Defenders: Deep Grace Ekka, Jaspreet Kaur, Joydeep Kaur, Kirandeep Kaur; Midfielders: Ritu Rani (captain), Chanchan Devi (vice-captain), Namita Toppo, Vandana Katariya, Sushila Chanu, Lily Chanu; Forwards: Poonam Rani, Soundarya Yendala, Anupa Barla, Rani, Navjot Kaur, Lilima Minz.