Tue, 30 Mar 2021

Manpreet Singh to lead India in their FIH Pro League tour of Argentina in April

Manpreet Singh will be leading the Indian hockey team as they venture on the 16-day tour of Olympic champion Argentina next month for the FIH Pro League games.

The squad is set to face off Argentina on the 10th and 11th of April at the Club Natación y Gimnasia in San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina, and on Tuesday, the 22-member squad was revealed by Hockey India.

Along with Singh's return to don the captain's armband, the Bharat Army will also see Rupinder Pal Singh and Varun Kumar returning to international duties after missing out on the last tour for being on rehab.

The team is set to depart for Buenos Aires on Wednesday from Bengaluru, three days after mandatory RT-PCR tests.

Manpreet Singh

“We are taking a 22-man squad attempting to provide a good balance between giving experience to those players who need it and opportunities for players to perform on the international stage in the lead-up to the Tokyo Olympics,” head coach Graham Reid asserted via an official statement.

“Argentina play a different style of game to the teams we played in Europe, and we will be using this tour as a great opportunity to continue our growth and development before Tokyo,” Reid added.

Alongside the two FIH Pro League matches, India will also play a total of four practice matches against the hosts, the first two on 6th and 7th April, followed by on 13th and 14th April. The practice matches are slated to be a part of the team's preparation for the Olympic Games later this year.

Check out the full Indian squad for the tour of Argentina here:

  • 1. P. R. Sreejesh
  • 2. Krishan Bahadur Pathak
  • 3. Amit Rohidas
  • 4. Gurinder Singh
  • 5. Harmanpreet Singh (vc)
  • 6. Surender Kumar
  • 7. Rupinderpal Singh
  • 8. Varun Kumar
  • 9. Birendra Lakra
  • 10. Jaskaran Singh
  • 11. Hardik Singh
  • 12. Manpreet Singh (c)
  • 13. Vivek Sagar Prasad
  • 14. Raj Kumar Pal
  • 15. Sumit
  • 16. Nilakanta Sharma
  • 17. Shamsher Singh
  • 18. Gurjant Singh
  • 19. Dilpreet Singh
  • 20. Mandeep Singh
  • 21. Lalit Kumar Upadhyay
  • 22. Shilanand Lakra.

India is currently placed fifth in the league table, having won only two out of 10 matches, securing 10 points in total. They previously hosted Australia on 21st and 22nd February at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar and were defeated in both occasions, losing the first game 3-4 and the second one 3-1 in the penalties after a 2-2 tie.

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