Hockey India names 48 players for junior hockey camp

Hockey India has selected 48 probables for the junior men’s hockey camp in preparation for the 7th Junior Men Asia Cup to be held at Malacca, Malaysia, from May 3 to 13. The camp started in Bangalore today. Nine teams will be competing in the Junior Men Asia Cup, including India, Korea, Pakistan, Malaysia, Japan, China, Bangladesh, Iran and Srilanka.

The probables are: Goalkeepers: Ponnanna PE, Keshav Dutt, Mahan Gowda, Bhisham Singh Phairembam, Subodh Tirkey, Sushant Tirkey. Defenders:Chandan Singh, Rakesh R. Gokak, Narenderpal Singh, Gaganpreet Singh, Harvir Singh, Sumit Topno, Sukhmanjit Singh, Vikramjit Singh, Ravi Xess, Hans Raj. Midfielders: Gurpreet Singh, Gurinder Singh, Jatinder Singh, Manish Bishnoi, Jarmanpreet Singh, Saroj Barla, Dilip Toppo, Baljit Singh, Surender Kumar, Nilakanta Sharma, Harjit Singh, Amit Kumar, Naresh Kumar Singh, Amir Sohail. Forwards: Naveen Antil, Harsahib Singh, Kiran Kumar Thockchom, Talwinder Singh, Prabhjot Singh, Siddharth Shankar, Munish Rana, Tarandeep Singh, Vijay Thapa Amon, Mirash Tirkey, Parvinder Singh, Inderyas Kalyan, Lowrance, K.D. Bidappa, Vinit Kamble, Arvind Kujur, Naveen, Suresh Toppo and Mikhal Barla.

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