The Indian contingent containing the top 4 Indian players left for France on Friday to take part in the Men's World Team Squash championship to be held there. Along with India there will be 23 other nations participating in the tournament which will be played from November 27 to December 3.
The top four players in terms of world ranking, Saurav Ghosal, Vikram Malhotra, Harinder Pal Sandhu and Mahesh Mangaonkar form the four-member Indian team for the WSF- Men's World Team Championship scheduled in Marseille (France) from November 27 to December 3.
India is seeded 8 and is in Pool H along with Malaysia and Austria. The championship was not held in 2015 but in 2013 again in France (Mulhouse), India which was seeded 8th then also had finished seventh, beating Malaysia. Vikram, currently the next highest ranked Indian male after Ghosal, is the only new face in the side which then had Ramit Tandon as one of the four members.
India's task is clear cut, it has to qualify for the pre-quarterfinal where its potential rival could be Scotland which is no easy customer, according to National Coach Cyrus Poncha, who is accompanying the team, which left for France on Friday. “The first look out is to top the pool,” said Poncha. Also travelling with the team will be Coach Balamurugan and Physio Dimple.
In all 24 nations are taking part in this Championship including debutants Iraq and Jamaica. They have been placed in eight groups. The top two from each group progress to the pre-quarterfinal round. In the previous edition, England had emerged the winner beating Egypt.