New Delhi, 6 September 2013: Hockey India today announced its senior women hockey team for the 8th Women Asia Cup to be played at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 21-27 September 2013.

Hockey India Selectors B P Govinda, Surinder Kaur, Mamta Kharab, Chief Coach Neil Hawgood, Coach I S Gill and Scientific Advisor Matthew Tredrea alongwith Government Observer Harbinder Singh selected the list of 18 players and 6 standbys during the selection trials conducted at NSNIS Patiala on 30 and 31 August 2013.

The 18 member squad will be Captained by Ritu Rani (156 caps) while Chanchan Devi Thokchom (88 caps) will be the Vice-Captain.

The senior women team camp is currently underway and commenced at NSNIS, Patiala from 8 August 2013 as final preparations for this tournament. The team will depart for Malaysia on 16 September 2013.

India is placed in Pool A with China, hosts Malaysia and Hong Kong China while Korea, Japan, Kazakhstan and Chinese Taipei are placed in Pool B. India will open their campaign against Hong Kong China on 21 September followed by China on 22 September and hosts Malaysia on 24 September.

The 8th Women’s Asia Cup is the continental qualification tournament for the FIH Women’s World Cup 2014 to be played in The Hague, The Netherlands from 31 May-14 June 2014.

The schedule is also attached herewith.

List of 18 players is as under-

 Goalkeepers

1.    Rajani Etimarpu

2.   Savita


Defenders

3.    Deep Grace Ekka

4.   Joydeep Kaur

5.    Kirandeep Kaur

6.    Sunita Lakra

7.    Deepika

8.    Namita Toppo

9.    P Sushila Chanu

10. M N Ponnamma


Midfielders

11. Ritu Rani (Captain)

12. Chanchan Devi Thokchom (Vice-Captain)

13. Soundarya Yendala

14. Lily Chanu


Forwards

15. Poonam Rani

16.  Rani

17. Vandana Katariya

18. Anuradha Devi Thokchom

Standbys

1. Sanarik Chanu

2. Asunta Lakra

3. Monika Malik

4. Navjot Kaur

5. Lilima Minz

6. Anupa Barla

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