India captain Sardar Singh is among 15 male candidates who will contest the inaugural International Hockey Federation ( FIH) Athletes' Committee elections.
The FIH today announced the names of six women and 15 men, for its Athletes' Committee elections to take place during the World Cup to be held at The Hague, Netherlands from May 31 to June 15.
While the Athletes' Committee already exists, this will be the first time that four of the eight seats will be elected by athletes.
Two women and as many men will be elected during the World Cup, while the remaining four seats will be appointed by the FIH Executive Board in March 2015.
The candidates represent all five continents with seven of the 21 being goalkeepers and four current committee members.
The most experienced candidate on the list is Pakistan's Waseem Ahmed, who boasts over 420 caps, while five others have more than 290 caps to their name.
Six of the players on the nomination list are former players, while the remainder are still competing for their country.
Every national association had the opportunity to nominate a candidate, resulting in this year's list being an impressive snapshot of hockey's reach across the globe from USA to Iran.
The four seats elected at the World Cup will be announced on June 12.
The candidates list:
Female candidates: Marsha Cox (RSA), Rachel Dawson (USA), Sanaz Heidari ( IRI), Anne Panter ( ENG), Beth Smith ( NZL), Yimeng Zhang (CHN).