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Asian Team Squash Championship 2020: Saurav, Joshna to lead Indian men’s, women’s teams

After winning the senior titles at the Senior National Squash Championship, Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa to lead the Asian Team Squash Championship 2020.

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Saurav Ghosal, a 13-time national champion and world number 13, will lead the Indian men’s team at the Asian Team Squash Championship, while 18-time national champion and world number 12 Joshna Chinappa will lead the women’s team.

Abhishek Pradhan, Harinder Pal Sandhu and Abhay Singh complete the men’s team, while Tanvi Khanna, Sunayna Kuruvilla and Sanya Vats make up the four-member women’s team. The selection was based on the players’ performance in the recently-concluded 77th National Championship.

Asian Team Squash Championship

The Asian Team Championships are the international squash competition played between teams representing different nations organised by the Asian Squash Federation. Countries enter teams of three or four players to represent them in the championships. In each round of the competition, teams face each other in a best-of-three singles matches contest. Each competition is held once every two years.

Past Winners

Men’s Championship Winners (Last 5 Tournaments)
2018Hong KongPakistan
2016PakistanHong Kong
Women’s Championship Winners (Last 5 Tournaments)
2018Hong KongSouth Korea
2014MalaysiaHong Kong
2012IndiaHong Kong
2010Hong KongIndia

India Team Officials: David Palmer, Surbhi Mishra and Dimple Kamalakannan (physiotherapist) are the team officials for the continental tournament. Keeping the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games 2022 in mind, the federation has identified Palmer to be an ‘event-based’ coach for the Indian senior team leading up to the major games. Palmer is a former world champion and a nine-time Commonwealth Games medallist (the most by any squash player). His skills as a coach in both singles and doubles are well-known. The Federation expects his presence to be of major help to the Indian players in preparation for the 2022 Asian and Commonwealth Games.

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

Latest Update: Due to the corona virus (Covid-19), the tournament that was to be held from Mar 25 – Mar 29, 2020 has been postponed and is most likely to be held in June-July 2020.

More info can be found at the Asian Squash Federation website.

This article was originally published in Sportstar.com

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