Dahiya to lead India A team in AHL

Goalkeeper Vikas Dahiya will lead an 18-member India ‘A’ men’s team while defender Amit Rohidas will be his deputy.

Goalkeeper Vikas Dahiya will spearhead India’s campaign at the Australian Hockey League.   -  Rajeev Bhatt

Goalkeeper Vikas Dahiya will lead an 18-member India ‘A’ men’s team at the the Australian Hockey League (AHL) 2017, starting September 28 in Perth.

While Dahiya has been named captain, defender Amit Rohidas will be his deputy.

The team will feature the likes of goalkeeper Krishan B Pathak and defenders Nilam Sanjeep Xess, Gurinder Singh, Anand Lakra, Baljit Singh and Vikramjit Singh.

Harjeet Singh, Ashish Kumar Topno, Hardik Singh, Santa Singh and Nilakanta Sharma will be the mainstays of the midfield.

The forward line will be led by Armaan Qureshi in the company of Mohd Umar, Simranjit Singh, Affan Yousuf and Talwinder Singh.

This will be the second consecutive season when teams from India and New Zealand will feature in the AHL.

There will be 10 teams in the tournament including defending Champion Victoria, Northern Territory, South Australia, Western Australia, New South Wales, Tasmania, Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, New Zealand and India A Team.

“Playing at the Australian Hockey League will be a great exposure for the team as it is one of the most competitive league events. We hope the boys make the most of the opportunity they get while playing against some of the best players from Australia,” India’s High Performance Director David John said in a statement.

India has been placed in Pool B along side Western Australia, New South Wales, Northern Territory and Australian Central Territory.

The visitor will kickstart its campaign against Western Australia on September 29.

India A Team:

Goalkeepers: Vikas Dahiya (captain), Krishan B Pathak

Defenders: Amit Rohidas (vice-captain), Nilam Sanjeep Xess, Gurinder Singh, Anand Lakra, Baljit Singh, Vikramjit Singh

Midfielders: Harjeet Singh, Ashish Kumar Topno, Hardik Singh, Santa Singh, Nilakanta Sharma

Forwards: Armaan Qureshi, Mohd Umar, Simranjit Singh, Affan Yousuf, Talwinder Singh.

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