Friday April 6, 2012
Project 2013 squad to drop 10 players after friendlies with Pakistan
By S. RAMAGURU
KUALA LUMPUR: The Project 2013 team hope to drop 10 players from their 31-man squad by the time they have played all three friendlies against Pakistan.
The friendlies will begin today and end on Monday.
The Project squad are preparing for the Junior Asia Cup, which will be held in Malacca from May 3-13.
Apart from the friendlies against Pakistan, the Project squad also have another four matches lined up against South Korea from April 14-18 and two more against the Australian Country team on April 24 and 27.
All the matches will be held at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
“We have 31 players now ... we hope to drop 10 by the time we start against South Korea on April 14. The selection process is a straightforward exercise and we intend to give the fringe players more playing time so that the best is selected,” said Project squad coach K. Dharmaraj.
He also pointed out that 12 players, especially those who have trained with the senior team, are assured of their places in the Project squad.
“Basically, we are looking at about six more players from the remaining trainees.
“A lot of the fringe players will be given more playing time in the match against Pakistan.
“It is for them to put up a good showing,” he said.
“There are five goalkeepers in the team and it is likely that we will pick three for the matches against the Koreans and Australians.”
Pakistan and South Korea will be here with the teams that will feature in the Junior Asia Cup.
In Malacca, Malaysia are in Group A with South Korea, Japan, Sri Lanka and Iran while Group B comprises India, Pakistan, China and Bangladesh.
The top four teams from the Junior Asia Cup will make the cut for the 2013 Junior World Cup.
The training squad
Shahrul Azaddin Auskarzie, Mohd Hafizuddin Othman, Mohd Hazrul Faiz Ahmad Sobri, Mohd Noor Faeez Ibrahim, Benney Angkara, Dedy Aryadi Jumaidi, Mohd Syamim Mohd Yusof, Mohd Azri Hassan, Mohd Fariq Saadon, Mohd Aslam Hanafiah, Shahrul Imran Nazli, Mohd Ramadan Rosli, Mohd Rashid Baharom, Shazril Irwan Nazli, G. Kavin Kartik, Mohd Hafiq Zainon, Nor Hizzat Sumantri, Mohd Izad Hakimi Jamaluddin, Mohd Zulhairi Hashim, Mohd Fitri Saari, Ganeisha Tamil Chelvam, Dick Cheny, Faiz Helmi Jalil, Mohd Shahril Saabah, Amir Farid Ahmad Fuzi, Firhan Ashari, Faizal Saari, Mohd Haziq Samsul, Mohd Fitri Ismail, Mohd Azrul Hasbullah, Harmeet Singh.