Karishma Purushottam Shirvoikar was the big miss as the Indian women’s team head coach Thomas Dennerby named a 23-member squad for the upcoming friendly matches in the UAE and Bahrain, starting from Saturday, October 2. The team, that is currently camping in Jamshedpur, will travel to New Delhi on Wednesday, from where they will travel to the UAE for two friendly matches against the United Arab Emirates national team (October 2) and the Tunisia national team (October 4).
The team will subsequently travel to Bahrain, where they will play two friendlies against the Bahrain national Team (October 10) and the Taiwan national team (October 13).
Head coach Thomas Dennerby said, “After training for about a month in Jharkhand, we are extremely happy to be going for these friendly matches in the UAE and Bahrain. These matches will be essential for us to gauge how far the girls have progressed during the training camp, as they will be pitted against some tough teams.”
“We are all looking forward to these matches, and are thankful to the authorities for arranging them during such difficult circumstances in a pandemic,” he said.
October 2: UAE vs India
October 4: India vs Tunisia
October 10: Bahrain vs India
October 13: India vs Taiwan
Goalkeepers: Aditi Chauhan, Maibam Linthoingambi Devi, Shreya Hooda.
Defenders: Dalima Chhibber, Sweety Devi, Ritu Rani, Ashalata Devi, Ranjana Chanu, Michel Castanha, Manisa Panna, Astam Oraon.
Midfielders: Sangita Basfore, Indumathi Kathiresan, Sanju, Martina Thokchom.
Forwards: Dangmei Grace, Anju Tamang, Sandhiya Ranganathan, Soumya Guguloth, Manisha Kalyan, Sumati Kumari, Pyari Xaxa, Renu.