Raghunath, Ignace, Pillay among probables
Drag-flicker V Raghunath and experienced mid-fielders Ignace Tirkey and Vikram Pillay were on Monday included in a list of 36 probables for a camp in the run-up to the men's Asia Cup hockey tournament and the Olympic qualifiers.
While Raghunath, who played the Azlan Shah tournament, had failed to find favour for the Champions Challenge tournament in Belgium, Ignace and Pillay were out of the side for a few months.
Young strikers Ajitesh Rai, Bruno Logun, Hari Prasad and V Raja are the other noteworthy inclusions in the probables' list for the important assignments ahead.
Promising mid-fielder Sunil Yadav is the only one to be dropped from the 18-member Champions Challenge squad that bagged a bronze medal in the six-nation meet.
The camp will be held at SAI Centre Bangalore from July 15 to Aug 14.
The Asia Cup is scheduled to be held in Chennai from September 1-9 while the Olympic qualifiers are slated for early next year.
Goal-keepers: Adrian D'Souza, Bharat Chetri, Baljit Singh, Gurpreet Singh.
Deep Defenders: Dilip Tirkey, William Xalxo, V Raghunath, Sandeep Singh, Jitender Saroha, Vikramjeet Singh.
Mid-filders: Gurbaj Singh, Vickram Kanth, Vinay Kumar, Bimal Lakra, Sardar Singh, Prabodh Tirkey, Jaswinder Singh, Ignace Tirkey, Ajitesh Rai, Vikram Pillay, Birendra Lakra, Ajmer Singh, Pawal Lakra.
Strikers: Rajpal Singh, Roshan Minz, Bharat Chikara, Prabhjot Singh, Tushar Khandker, Shivendra Singh, Bruno Logun, Damandeep Singh, Hari Prasad, Sher Singh, Inderjit Singh, S.V Sunil, V Raja.
Officials: Joaquim Carvalho (Chief Coach), M.P. Singh (Coach), M. Ramesh Parmeswaran (Asst. Coach), Srikanth (Physio), Ganguly Prasad (Trainer), Prasanna (Video-Analyst), M.M. Somaiya (Technical Director), R.K. Shetty (Manager and Coordinator).