The Telegraph
Since 1st March, 1999
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Asia Cup camp starts today
- Michael back in contention

New Delhi: The week-long camp for the hockey probables will begin here Monday as the Indian team starts its preparations for the Asia Cup seeking to salvage some pride after a disappointing outing in the Champions Trophy last month.

The notable absentee in the camp, which will be attended by 21 players, will be penalty corner expert Jugraj Singh who is recovering after suffering multiple fractures in a road accident in Punjab earlier this week.

The team will be selected on September 13 after which the members may be flown to Singapore to get acquainted to the playing conditions in Kuala Lumpur, venue for the September 21 to 28 Asia Cup where all the matches will be held under lights.

The Indian Hockey Federation is yet to get the permission from the government for the five-day exposure trip to Singapore from where the players are scheduled to fly to Kuala Lumpur on September 20.

The camp will witness the return of Sandeep Michael, who missed the Champions Trophy due to jaundice.

Two more players Baljit Singh Saini and Ignace Tirkey have also been named as probables after they missed the bronze medal play-off against Pakistan in the elite six-nation tournament in Amstelveen due to injuries.


Dhanraj Pillay, Devesh Chauhan, Kamaldeep Singh, Dilip Tirkey, Kanwalpreet Singh, Ignace Tirkey, Viren Rasquinha, Vikram Pillay, Bimal Lakra, V S Vinay, Baljit Singh Saini, Gagan Ajit Singh, Prabhjot Singh, Tejbir Singh, Deepak Thakur, Deedar Singh, Baljit Singh Dhillon, Sandeep Michael, Tushar Khandekar, Prabodh Tirkey, Harpal Singh. Chief coach: Rajinder Singh Coach: Baldev Singh

Goalkeeping coach: A B Subbaiah

Physical trainer: Sampath Kumar.

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