FIH Hockey Pro League 2021-22: India to start campaign against New Zealand
May 02, 2021 20:29 [IST]
Last Update: May 02, 2021 20:29 [IST]
Indian Men's Hockey Team Skipper Manpreet
Singh expressed his team's excitement over taking on New Zealand followed by
Australia in away-games when they begin their campaign in the FIH Hockey Pro
League 2021-22, India's second outing in the prestigious global league. The FIH
announced the schedule for the 2021-22 season on Friday. This year's edition of
the home-and-away League will kick off on 6 October 2021 when reigning Women's
World Champions Netherlands face-off against Belgium.
"With the FIH announcing the schedule for 2021-22 season,
it gives us an opportunity to plan our preparations well in advance. Though
right now our focus is on doing well in Tokyo this July and peaking at the
right time to succeed at the Olympic Games, we now know what needs to be done
in the second half of the year where we will need to prepare with an intent to
do well against New Zealand and Australia in their home grounds."
"They (New Zealand and Australia) are always a very
challenging team particularly at home and we are very excited about the
prospects of starting our campaign against them," stated Manpreet Singh,
Captain of the Indian Men's Hockey Team.
India who made their debut in the coveted home-and-away global
league last year, will take on New Zealand on 5 February 2022 in a
double-header followed by matches against Australia on 12 & 13 February
2022. In the same month, India will also play Spain (on 26th & 27th Feb)
followed by matches against Germany (12th and 13th Mar) and Argentina (19th
& 20th Mar) in home games. In April, India will take on England (on 2nd
& 3rd Apr) at home followed by away games against Belgium (on 11th &
12th Jun) and Netherlands (18th & 19th Jun) in what appears to be an
"Great to see the fixtures released for the next season of
the 2021-2022 FIH Pro League. We look forward to once again playing against the
best teams in the world after what will have been a challenging year for all
concerned," stated Indian Men's Hockey Chief Coach Graham Reid.
"We will begin our assault on the title with a trip to New
Zealand and Australia in February 2022. These matches are always tough against
tough competitors in what can be often very warm conditions during that time of
the year," Reid added.