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Dhanraj omitted from Afro-Asian Games probables
October 03, 2003 19:07 IST
Last Updated: October 03, 2003 19:26 IST
Dhanraj Pillay, who led India to its maiden Asia Cup title in Malaysia last week, was the notable omission as the Indian Hockey Federation on Friday named 24 probables for the inaugural Afro-Asian Games, starting in Hyderabad on October 24.
Pillay will, however, join the camp along with six more players who were dropped, for the India-Netherlands Test series in December and the January 8-18 Sultan Azlan Shah tournament, IHF secretary general K Jyothikumaran said in a statement.
Though an official reason was not given for Dhanraj's omission, a source in the IHF said the striker is being 'rested' in view of other major engagements ahead.
Others who were in the Asia Cup squad but omitted from the Afro-Asian Games list include Baljit Singh Dhillon, Baljit Singh Saini, Dinesh Nayak, Didar Singh, Tejbir Singh and goalkeeper Kamaldeep Singh.
The 24 probables for the Afro-Asian Games will attend a coaching camp, starting in Delhi on October 6. Another camp would be held after the Games in preparation for the Dutch series and the Azlan Shah tournament.
Rajinder Singh (chief coach),