Sandeep axed

New Delhi: Hockey India (HI) on Monday dropped drag flicker Sandeep Singh and striker Shivendra Singh when it announced the team for the upcoming Champions Trophy and Lanco International Super Series in Australia.

Star midfielder Sardar Singh will lead the team in both the tournaments in Australia. Defender VR Raghunath has been named his deputy.

Earlier, some other senior players like Bharat Chetri, Ignace Tirkey, Tushar Khandekar and Sarvanjit Singh were dropped from the list of probables. All these players were part of the national team for London Olympics.

Striker Yuvraj Walmiki, who was left out of the Olympics squad because of a hamstring injury, returned to the team along with defender Rupinderpal Singh.

The Lanco International Super Series will be played at Perth from November 22.