Defender Deepika, who has represented India in 138 matches, has been named as the vice-captain.

Apart from India, other participating teams in the eight-nation tournament are Poland, Ghana, Thailand, Malaysia, Russia, Kazakhstan and Singapore.

India are placed in Pool A along side Poland, Ghana and Thailand while Malaysia, Russia, Kazakhstan and Singapore form Pool B.

India will take on Ghana in its opening match on March

Speaking on the announcement of the team, Hockey India secretary general Mushtaque Ahmad said, "This team is full of confidence and an urge to win. They proved this during the recent Spain tour where they gave Germany a tough time and beat them 2-1."


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Defenders: Deep Grace Ekka, Deepika (vice-captain), Namita Toppo, Jaspreet Kaur, Sunita Lakra.

Midfielders: Ritu Rani (captain), Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Lilima Minz, Navjot Kaur, Monika.

Forwards: Rani, Poonam Rani, Anupa Barla, Soundarya Yendala, Amandeep Kaur, Vandana Katariya.

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