HI prunes women probables list to 32 from 48

New Delhi: The Hockey India on Saturday pruned the list of the women probables for the Olympic Qualifier tournament to 32, leaving out 16 players from the first list.

The Qualifying tournament will be held here from February 18 and the participating teams include South Africa, Italy, Canada, Ukraine and Poland.

The Selectors -- Olympians Col. Balbir Singh, B P Govinda, Syed Ali and Rekha Bhide alongwith the Government Observers Harbinder Singh and Dilip Tirkey -- watched the recently concluded four match Test series against Azerbaijan before pruning down the list of 48 probables to 32.

India blanked Azerbaijan in the Test series. "This reduced group of players will continue in the coaching camp for the preparations of the Olympic Qualifier. The final list of 18 players and standbys will be announced early next month," a Hockey India release said.

The Probables:

GOALKEEPERS: Yogita Bali, Savita, Rajani Etimarpu and Sukhmani Virk.

DEFENDERS: Jaspreet Kaur, Joydeep Kaur, Subhadra Pradhan Pinki Devi and Preeti Sunila Kiro.

MIDFIELDERS: P Sushila Chanu, Asunta Lakra, Kirandeep Kaur, Deepika, Ritu Rani, Mukta Parva Barla, M N Ponnamma, Namita Toppo, Anju Dhiman, Reena Rathor and Kiran Dahiya.

FORWARDS: Poonam Rani, Vandana Kataria, Rani, Soundarya Yendala, Anuradha Devi, Rosaline Dung Dung, Jaspreet Kaur, Anupa Barla, Lily Chanu, Deep Grace Ekka, Apoorva Viswakarma and Lilima Minz.