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Gagan axed, Dilip back as skipper

A number of senior players were dropped from the hockey squad for the upcoming Pakistan series and the Commonwealth Games.

india Updated: Feb 02, 2006 19:14 IST

The Hockey Federation on Thursday axed top players, including the in-form Gagan Ajit Singh, from the Indian squad for the upcoming Pakistan series and the Commonwealth Games.

Also dropped from the squad that played in the Champions Trophy in December last year were Deepak Thakur, Viren Rasquinha and Prabhjot Singh.

The announcement, made by IHF supremo KPS Gill, is bound to rake up another selection controversy, something which a beleaguered Indian team could have done well without before the two important engagements.

Justifying the exclusions, Gill said, "we have other plans for them.

"We are going to bring them back in good shape for the next major tournaments."

Squad: Goalkeepers: Bharath Kumar Chetri and Adrian D' Souza. Fullbacks: Dilip Tirkey, Kanwalpreet Singh, Harpal Singh, Raghunath, VS Vinay, Vikram Pillay, Ignace Tirkey, Prabodh Tirkey, Sandeep Singh. Forwards: Rajpal Singh, Didar Singh, Sardara Singh, Tushar Khandekar, Tejbir Singh, Arjun Halappa, Adam Sinclair, Shivender Singh and Hari Prasad.

Coach: Rajinder Singh (Jr). Assistant Coach: Clarence Lobo. Physical Trainer: Sampat Kumar

First Published: Feb 02, 2006 15:02 IST