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Australian Hockey League 2017 : Preeti Dubey to lead India A squad

Agencies, New Delhi

Hockey India (HI) today named Preeti Dubey as the skipper of the 18-member India A Women’s team for the upcoming Australian Hockey League (AHL) 2017 (Women), starting on September 28.

The team consists of goalkeepers Divya Thepe and Bichu Devi Kharibam, while Neelu Dadiya, Ashmita Barla, Priyanka, Suman Devi Thoudam and Salima Tete will be given the defensive duties. Vice-Captain Udita, Ishika Choudhary, Mahima Choudhary, Gagandeep Kaur, Nilanjali Rai and Mariana Kujur will be vying for the midfield spots in the team. Captain Preeti, Sangita Kumari, Jyoti, Navpreet Kaur and Mumtaz Khan will form the forward line. It will be the first time that the India A Women’s team will take part in the AHL (Women).

There will be a total of 10 teams in the tournament divided into two Pools of five teams each which will include defending Champions Queensland, Victoria, Northern Territory, South Australia, Western Australia, New South Wales, Tasmania, Australian Capital Territory, New Zealand Development and India A Team.

Commenting on the upcoming tour, coach Baljeet Saini said,”Taking part in the Australian Hockey League will certainly benefit our team as they will be playing against some top-class players. The exposure this side will get will do a world of good for them and help us further in identifying the next line of talent and create a larger elite pool.”

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