If that is not enough, the national hockey selectors had more in store when they named Air India goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh, who is serving a six-month ban among the seven standbys for the marquee event.
It could be possible that since the ban was a recent one (the ban came into effect on April 1, 2014) it failed to grab their notice. Gurpreet was red-carded for being embroiled in an ugly altercation with Sarvanjit Singh and Karamjit Singh of Punjab & Sind Bank during the 48th All India Bombay Gold Cup Tournament. Both Sarvanjit Singh and Karamjit were also red-carded for their unbecoming behaviour.
Hockey India’s disciplinary committee which slapped the ban, also had the provision for the Air India goalie to appeal to Hockey India's Athletes Dispute & Grievance Redressal Committee within 30 days of being handed the ban.
It remains to be seen whether the BP Govinda-led national selection committee will replace Gurpreet with a player who is not under any ban in the standby list. Besides Gurpreet, the six other standbys comprise the Walmiki brothers – Yuvraj and Devinder, Vikram Kanth, Gurinder Singh, Danish Mujtaba and Lalit Upadhyay.