Mamta to lead India against Japan

BANGALORE: Mamta Kharab will lead the Indian women's hockey team which leaves here for a six-Test series in Japan on Thursday.

According to chief coach, M.K. Kaushik, Jyoti Sunita Kullu had expressed her inability to play in the series and hence Mamta has been named the skipper. Two others players, Pushpa Pradhan and Binita, are also reported to be on the injury list and would not make the trip to Japan.

Kaushik, however, felt that the team looks sharp and has trained well here at the SAI (South) Centre and has every chance of winning the series.

The squad winds up its engagements in Japan on June 25 and will assemble again at the SAI campus here for the second phase of the camp in preparation for the Asia Cup in Hong Kong.

The team: Marita Tirkey, Dipika Murthy, Nilima Kujur, Suman Bala, Rajwinder Kaur, Subhadra Pradhan, Gagandeep Kaur, Ranjita, Asunta Lakra, Mukta P. Baria, Deepika Thakur, Saba Anjum, Ritu Rani, Binita Xess, Rijuta Mullick, Mamta Kharab (captain), Surinder Kaur, Jasjeet Kaur.

Officials: Chief coach: M.K. Kaushik; Assistant coach: N.S. Saini; Manager: Mridula Sinha; Physiotherapist: Vikas Dhawan. Special Correspondent

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