The Indian males’s hockey staff will start the brand new season of the FIH Hockey Professional League in opposition to New Zealand and Spain, the FIH introduced on Thursday. First India will probably be up in opposition to October 28, after which Spain on October 30; whereas the return leg with occur quickly after on November 4 and 6.
“Attention-grabbing to see the 2022-23 Professional League schedule launched in the present day. So far as our draw is anxious, it’s effectively spaced out and gives us with follow alternative earlier than the 2023 World Cup,” Indian males’s hockey staff coach Graham Reid stated.
In the meantime, it will be a giant 12 months for the Indian staff earlier than the World Cup, as they may host the German and Australian groups at residence. The Indians will tackle Germany on March 10, whereas on March 12, they are going to be up in opposition to Australia. The return leg of those matches will probably be performed on March 13 and 15, respectively. Germany and Australia will probably be taking part in their FIH Professional League tie in opposition to one another in India.
Then, after that, the Indian staff will tour Europe and play matches in opposition to Belgium (Could 26 and June 2), Nice Britain (Could 27 and June 3), the Netherlands (June 7 and 10), and Argentina (June 8 and 11). After the announcement of the schedule, Reid recommended the efforts of the FIH, to have the ability to lower down the journey.
“FIH is utilizing the expertise of using a number of groups in a single location from this 12 months, to supply extra of a standard match really feel,” he stated. “I feel it is is an effective growth. This will even present a unique tactical preparation between video games the place historically the video games in opposition to the identical staff are back-to-back.”