Dhanraj left out of probables' list

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:06 IST

Dhanraj Pillay has been kept out of the 22-member probables list announced today for the two four-nation tournaments in Australia.

New Delhi:

The Indian Hockey Federation today chose to keep mercurial forward Dhanraj Pillay out of the 22-member probables list announced today for the two four-nation tournaments in Australia. The IHF gave no reason for keeping the most experienced Indian player out of the list for the meets, to be held later this month. "There is no reason for keeping Dhanraj out. We just felt that we should give chance to some young players to prove their mettle before the Olympics," IHF sources disclosed today. Pillay, who missed the Olympics qualifiers in Madrid last month under controversial circumstances, could however, still make it to the side when the big event start in Athens in August, the sources added. "It is a short camp. So not much should be read into Dhanraj's omission. He still could make to the side for the Olympics." Also missing from the list were veteran striker Baljit Singh Dhillon, Baljit Singh Saini and Sandeep Michael. All the three were part of the team that finished fourth in the Olympics qualifiers. The twin tournaments are to be held in Canberra from Apri 14-18 and in Sydney from April 21-25. (PTI)

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