Senior players rested for AFC Challenge Cup

The probables named by the All India Football Federation have a mix of senior and India under-23 players with more than half of them from the new I-League side Indian Arrows.

Goalkeeper Subrata Paul, defenders Gourmangi Singh and Anwar Ali, midfielders Syed Rahim Nabi and Steven Dias, and striker Sunil Chhetri were the six players in the probables, who also have played in the Asian Cup in Doha last month.

Besides Bhutia and Renedy, those who were in the Indian squad for the Asian Cup but not among the probables are Subhasish Roy Chowdhury, Deepak Mondal, Mahesh Gawli, Surkumar Singh, NP Pradeep, Climax Lawrence, Mehrajuddin Wadoo, Clifford Miranda, Abhishek Yadav and Mohammed Rafi.

India had fielded a junior side in the 2010 edition and crashed out in the group stage. India have been placed in Group B along with Pakistan, Turkmenistan and Chinese Taipei for the qualifiers to be held between March 20 to 31. The venue is yet to be announced.

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