Lakshya Sen, Malvika Bansod to lead India at Asia Team Championships

Lakshya Sen and Malvika Bansod will lead the Indian men's and women's teams, respectively, at the Badminton Asia Team Championships in Shah Alam, Malaysia next month.

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Non-availability of the leading players across all sections will see India field severely depleted men and women teams in the Asian team badminton championship at Shah Alam, Malaysia, from February 15 to 20.

India Open winner Lakshya Sen is the only saving grace of the squad that includes youngsters like Mithun Manjunath and Kiran George. The women's squad has the trio of Aakarshi Kashyap, Malvika Bansod and Ashmita Chaliha. Lesser known doubles players complete the squad.

The selections are based on the results of the National ranking tournaments held in Chennai and Hyderabad in the second fortnight of December. The performances of the India Open and the Syed Modi India International were not considered.

THE TEAMS

Men

Singles: Lakshya Sen, Mithun Manjunath, Kiran George, Raghu M.

Doubles: P. S. Ravi Krishna/Uday Kumar Shankar Prasad, Amsakarunan Hariharan/Ruban Kumar, Dingku Singh Konthoujam/Manjit Singh Khwairakpam

Women

Singles: Malvika Bansod, Aakarshi Kashyap, Ashmita Chaliha, Tara Shah

Doubles: Simran Singhi/Khushi Gupta, V. Nila/Arubala, Aarthi Sara Sunil/Riza Mahreen.

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