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Dilip Tirkey rested

Hockey India on Tuesday announced a 23-member squad for a month-long tour of Europe. The notable exclusion from the Sandeep Singh-led squad is former captain Dilip Tirkey.

india Updated: Jul 07, 2009 22:49 IST
HT Correspondent

Hockey India on Tuesday announced a 23-member squad for a month-long tour of Europe. The notable exclusion from the Sandeep Singh-led squad is former captain Dilip Tirkey.

"The team is almost unchanged from the Asia Cup, with only Dilip Tirkey missing, down with an ankle injury," said Zafar Iqbal, member, selection committee.

The 25-day tour will be the first opportunity for chief national coach Jose Brasa to test his wards in match situations and evaluate their grasp of his new system of play.

India will play four tests against England from July 27 to August 2 in Birmingham, three tests against Belgium in Antwerp from August 4-7, three against Spain in Terassa (Aug 9-12) and two tests against Holland in Amstelveen (Aug 14-16).

Team: Goalkeepers: Adrian D'Souza, Baljit Singh; Defenders: Sandeep Singh (Capt), V Raghunath; Midfielders: Gurbaj Singh, Vikram Pillay, Prabodh Tirkey, Sardar Singh, Ajitesh Roy, Ignace Tirkey, VS Vinaya, Dhananjay Mahadhik; Forwards: Tushar Khandker, Shivendra Singh, Rajpal Singh, Arjun Halappa, Prabhjot Singh, Gurwinder Singh Chandi, Hari Prasad, SV Sunil, Bharat Chikara, Ravi Pal Singh, Birendra Lakra.