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State team for handball nationals

Jharkhand players will be looking forward to putting up their best show at the 42nd Senior National Handball Championship for men at Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh.

The state team will take on Chhattisgarh on Friday.

The 16-member side, announced by Jharkhand Handball Association secretary Khurshid Khan on Wednesday night, comprises seven players from Tata Steel Training Centre and the remaining hail from CRPF, Jharkhand Police and Bokaro. A player from Tata Steel has also made it.

Led by CRPF’s Abdul Quadir, the state team is confident of performing better than last year, when they reached the quarter-final.

“We have a balanced team capable of performing well in crunch situations. Senior national is always a tough tourney but our players are in top form and expected to do well,” said Khan.

While Wasiul Hasan, Abhishek Kumar Dubey, Shahbaz Khan, Syed Azhar, Rahul Kumar Gupta, Sarfraz Ahmad and Govind Mukhi are from Tata Steel Training Centre, captain Abdul Quadir and Abhishek Kumar are from CRPF.

S.N. Hasan, Gautam Kumar, Sajid Pervez, Md Tarique and Md Raja Ali are from Bokaro and Tousif Khan and Md Shahid represent Tata Steel and Jharkhand Police respectively.

A. Prakash Rao from Jamshedpur and Santosh Kumar from Dhanbad are accompanying the team as coach and manager respectively.

Sources from the state handball outfit said the team would benefit from the presence of players from Tata Steel Training Centre.

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