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Sardar to lead 21-member team on New Zealand tour

Sardar Singh will lead a 21-member Indian team to the tour of New Zealand, scheduled to from October 2 to 11 in Auckland, Nelson and Christchurch.

India will play a total of six games in the tour. The first two games will be played against New Zealand A, <g data-gr-id="35">while</g> in <g data-gr-id="34">rest</g> of the four matches, they will be up against the New Zealand’s national squad.

A strong 21-member squad was selected after a rigorous preparatory camp at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here under the Director High Performance and chief coach of the men’s team, Roelant Oltmans. During the camp, the team had worked hard on passes and penalty corner conversions. “The team in the last couple of weeks has worked on team coordination and passes. The idea is to convert when in the D and not lose out on those moments,” said Oltmans.

The coach also revealed that the goalkeepers had a fruitful session under Dave Staniforth of South Africa.

“The boys are looking forward to the tournament ahead and are confident of a positive show. <g data-gr-id="32">Also</g> Dave Staniforth recently holding a three-week goalkeeping camp has got the goalkeepers <g data-gr-id="31">pepped</g> up and are waiting to exhibit the learning’s under the bar,” <g data-gr-id="30">Oltsman</g> said.

India will be playing their opening game against New Zealand A in Auckland on October 2.

Squad: Goalkeepers: PR Sreejesh (<g data-gr-id="36">vice captain</g>), Harjot Singh. Defenders: Birendra Lakra, Kothajit Singh, VR Raghunath, Jasjit Singh Kular, Rupinder Pal Singh, Gurjinder Singh. Midfielders: Sardar Singh (captain), Chinglensana Singh, SK Uthappa, Satbir Singh, Devinder Walmiki, Manpreet Singh, Dharamvir Singh. 
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