The Indian senior men’s hockey team have begun their final preparatory camp for the upcoming FIH Hockey World League Final to be held at the Major Dhyan Chand National Hockey Stadium in New Delhi from January 10-18.
The 28 probables are going through the paces under the watchful eyes of head coach Terry Walsh and other members of the support staff. The camp will run till January 9.
India are placed in Pool A alongside Germany, England and New Zealand, while Australia, Netherlands, Belgium and Argentina are placed in Pool B. India will launch its campaign against England on January 10, they face New Zealand on January 11 and wind up their league engagements against Germany on January 13.
The FIH Hockey World League Final will serve as vital preparation for the national team for the 2014 World Cup to be held at the Kyocera Stadium in The Hague, Netherlands from May 31 to June 15.
Meanwhile, striker Gurwinder Singh Chandi, who has been battling a prolonged ankle injury is named among the probables. Another striker Danish Mujtaba, who also has been coming off a long-standing knee injury is also part of the probables.
Drag-flicker Gurjinder Singh, who was one of the finds of the 2013 Junior Men’s World Cup also finds his place among the probables.
Nippy junior striker Affan Yousuf, who was overlooked for the the 2013 Junior Men’s World Cup, is also named among the probables.
The probables are expected to be pruned down to 18 at the end of the camp.