Suman Devi will lead an 18-member India U-21 Women’s Hockey team on tour of Europe.
The team will play in the Cantor Fitzgerald U21 International 4-Nations Tournament in Dublin, Ireland followed by matches against Belarus to be held in Baranovichi, Belarus.
The team will first travel to Dublin, Ireland, where it will play a match each against the Ireland and Canada junior women teams on May 28 and 29, 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 May 31 to June 4.
The team will then play yet another match against the Irish national team on June 6. The Indian team will then travel to Belarus to play five matches with the host nation’s senior, junior and development teams from June 9.
The Indian team will be led by Suman Devi Thoudam while Gagandeep Kaur will be her deputy. Bichu Devi Kharibam and Khushboo have been selected as the goalkeepers while defenders Ishika Chaudhary, Priyanka, Mahima Choudhary, Simran Singh will join Suman Devi Thoudam and Gagandeep Kaur in the backline.
Midfielders Preeti, Mariana Kujur, Chetna, Ajmina Kujur and Baljeet Kaur will command the mid-field for India, 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.”