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Defender Suman Devi Thoudam to lead Junior Women’s Team

Harpal Singh Bedi

New Delhi: Defender Suman Devi Thoudam will lead 18-member Indian Junior Women’s Team for the Cantor Fitzgerald U21 International 4-Nations Tournament in Dublin, Ireland followed by matches against Belarus to be held in Baranovichi, Belarus.

Hockey India also named another defender Gagandeep Kaur as vice captain of the team

The Indians will first go to Dublin,to play a match each against the Irish and Canada Junior Women’s teams on 28 May and 29 May respectively.

This will be followed by the Cantor Fitzgerald U21 International 4-Nations Tournament featuring India, Ireland, Canada and Scotland which is scheduled to be held from 31 May – 4th June

The team will again play against the Ireland on 6 June following which, the visitors will travel to Belarus to play five matches with the host nation’s Senior, Junior and Development teams starting 9 June

Bichu Devi Kharibam and Khushboo have been selected as the Goalkeepers who will guard the goal-posts, while Defenders Ishika Chaudhary, Priyanka, Mahima Choudhary, Simran Singh will join Suman Devi Thoudam and Gagandeep Kaur in the backline.

Preeti, Mariana Kujur, Chetna, Ajmina Kujur and Baljeet Kaur will command the mid-field while the forward-line will feature Mumtaz Khan, Beauty Dungdung, Sharmila Devi, Reet and Lalrindiki.

Speaking about the team selection, Coach Baljeet Singh, said, “We have a good few weeks of matches coming up in Ireland and Belarus against some of the stronger teams in the world.

‘We have selected our team keeping in mind the challenges we are going to face there, and I am sure both the tours will help our players in gaining further experience of playing quality teams at a high intensity. I am looking forward to seeing our team excel in foreign conditions.”

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