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12 named for cager squad

The Jharkhand State Basketball Association (JSBA) on Wednesday named a 12-member squad that will take part in the 63rd National basketball Championship. The tournament is scheduled to be held in Ludhiana from December 28 to January 4.

According to the list released, a maximum of four hoopsters from Tata Steel Basketball Training Centre had made the cut in the squad. The others selected belonged to Ramgarh, Seraikela-Kharsawan, Dhanbad, Bokaro, Jamshedpur and Jharkhand Police.

The players named in the squad were Rakesh Mahto, Saurabh Kumar Singh, Krishna Choudhury, Raja Mahananda (all Tata Steel Basketball Training Centre), Charanjeet Singh (Ramgarh), Ram Kumar Upadhaya (Seraikela-Kharsawan), Wasim Khan (Jamshedpur), Piyush Yadav (Dhanbad), Ravikant Ojha, Sumit Kumar (Bokaro), Md. Shamshad and Amit Das (Jharkhand Police).

The outfit will be accompanied by Tata Steel Basketball Training Centre’s J.P. Singh as head coach, with Seraikela-Kharsawan’s T. Vasudevan Rao filling in as his deputy. The boys will leave for Ludhiana on December 25.

“The boys are in fine fettle and we are confident of a good show. We had conducted a preparatory camp at JRD Tata Sports Complex recently,” said Harbhajan Singh, secretary of Jharkhand State Basketball Association.

Though JRD Tata Sports Complex has been the hub of basketball activities over the years, thanks to its superior infrastructure, JSBA is now looking to popularise the games in other parts of the state. “We want to spread wings to other districts where basketball is played less,” he said.