Sourav Ghosal, Joshna Chinappa to lead Indian men's, women's squads in upcoming Asian Team Squash Championships

Ace players Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa will lead the Indian men's and women's squads for the 20th Asian Team Squash Championships to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 25 to 29 March.

Press Trust of India February 25, 2020 20:03:05 IST
Sourav Ghosal, Joshna Chinappa to lead Indian men's, women's squads in upcoming Asian Team Squash Championships
  • While Saurav Ghosal is a 13-time national champion, Joshna Chinappa has won the national title 18 times

  • The selection was the based on the players' performance in the recently-concluded 77th National Championship

  • The 20th Asian Team Squash Championships will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 25 to 29 March

New Delhi: Ace players Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa will lead the Indian men's and women's squads for the 20th Asian Team Squash Championships to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 25 to 29 March.

While Ghosal is a 13-time national champion and current world No 13, Chinappa has won the national title 18 times and she is ranked 12th in the world.

Sourav Ghosal Joshna Chinappa to lead Indian mens womens squads in upcoming Asian Team Squash Championships

File image of Saurav Ghosal. Image Courtesy: Twitter @SauravGhosal

The other members of the squad announced by the Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI) include Abhishek Pradhan, Harinder Pal Sandhu and Abhay Singh in the men's section, and Tanvi Khanna, Sunayna Kuruvilla and Sanya Vats in the women's category.

The selection was the based on the players' performance in the recently-concluded 77th National Championship.

Keeping the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games 2022 in mind, the SRFI has appointed David Palmer to be an 'event-based' coach for the Indian senior team.

Palmer is a former world champion and a nine-time Commonwealth Games medallist (the most by any squash player). He will be in Chennai from 16 March and will fly out with the team for the championship.

The costs for Palmer will be borne by the SRFI, the federation said in a statement.

The Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Sports Ministry are yet to approve the concept of a short-term 'event-based' coach for squash.

"Having David Palmer in our corner is certainly going to be a game changer for Indian squash," said SRFI secretary general Cyrus Poncha.

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