17-member Indian team for Thomas and Uber cup qualifiers

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New Delhi, Jan 7 (UNI) Anup Sridhar and Saina Nehwal will spearhead 17-member Indian team's challenge in the qualifiers of Thomas and Uber Cup world team badminton championship scheduled from February 19-24 in Vietnam.

The team was announced by Badminton Association of India (BAI) president V K Verma here.

The nine member men's team will be led by world number 26 Anup Sridhar. P Kashyap, Arvind Bhatt and Chetan Anand are the other singles players for the tournament.

The two doubles combination will be Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas and V Diju and Akshaye Diwalkar.

J B S Vidhayadhar is the other member of the doubles team.

The women's team for the Uber Cup qualifiers will be led by Saina Nehwal with Aditi Mutatkar, Trupti Murgunde and Sayali Gokhale forming the singles team.

Country's top women's pair Jwala Gutta and Shruti Kurien, ranked as high as 24 in world, will lead the doubles challenge along with Aparna Balan and Jyotsna.

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