Hockey India drops Gurbaj Singh for European tour, final call on his future before September camp
Experienced right-half Gurbaj Singh has been dropped from India's upcoming European tour over disciplinary issues.
New Delhi: Experienced right-half Gurbaj Singh has been dropped from India's upcoming European tour over disciplinary issues.
According to a report in the Asian Age, the 26-year-old mid-fielder was found guilty of misbehaviour and creating disharmony within the team. The decision was taken during Hockey India's Special Committee meeting held on Friday.
Olympian Harbinder Singh, who chaired the nine-member panel, said, “The support staff, in their tournament reports, have accused him of indiscipline and showing disrespect to the Indian coaches.”
Gurbaj competed in his 200th international during the recent FIH World League Semi-finals in Belgium, where India finished fourth in men's competition.
The Punjab player, who has be in and out of the Indian team, had previously fallen out of India contention following a spat with the then head-coach Michael Nobbs during the 2012 London Olympics.
The Special Committee also accused him for not cooperating with the coaches and refusing to play at the prescribed positions.
Besides, missing the European tour, Gurbaj is also likely to undergo counselling sessions and a final decision on his India future is expected to take before the next camp in September.
Indian team are currently undergoing a camp in Shilaroo, Himachal Predesh ahead of the upcoming tour, which includes stops at Spain and France.
Other members of the committee are B P Govinda, V Bhaskaran, Kshetrimayum Thoiba, R P Singh, A B Subbaiah, Asunta Lakra, Jasjeet Kaur and Hockey India CEO Elena Norman.