India seeded 10th in World Squash

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Chennai, Nov 22 (UNI) Fancied Egypt has been given the top billing, while host India was seeded tenth in the World Men's Team Squash Championship to be held at ICL Squash Academy here from December 6 to 12.

In a release here today, Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI) Secretary-General N Ramachandran said Egypt, which had finished runner-up in the last edition held at Pakistan in 2005, had been given the pride of place ahead of defending champions England.

With the presence of top two players of the world--Amr Shabana and Ramy Ashour--Egypt looks the best.

England too was a strong team with the presence of World Number five James Willstrop, who was no stranger to Chennai, having won the junior title a few years back.

Meanwhile, India was seeded tenth, in which 29 nations would be participating and had been grouped along with arch-rivals Pakistan, Kenya and Bermuda.

SRFI Consultant Coach Major S Maniam said there was a good chance for India to finish in the top two in the Group. ''Our boys are playing well and they will give higher ranked Pakistanis (seeded seventh) a run for their money,'' he added.

Following are the groupings: Pool A: Egypt, Germany, Finland, Russia.

Pool B: England, Hong Kong, Spain.

Pool C: France, US, Japan, Venezuela.

Pool D: Australia, New Zealand, Scotland.

Pool E: Malaysia, South Africa, Kuwait, Sri Lanka Pool F: Canada, Ireland, Austria.

Pool G: Pakistan, India, Kenya, Bermuda.

Pool H: Netherlands, Wales, Sweden, Chinese Taipei.

Seedings: (top ten:) Egypt, England, France, Australia, Malaysia, Canada, Pakistan, Netherlands, Wales, India.

UNI

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