The upcoming Asian Champions Trophy in Dhaka might be an ideal platform for the perimeter gamers to showcase their expertise and stake a declare within the first group, stated Indian males’s hockey group captain Manpreet Singh.
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The match, initially scheduled to be held final yr, has been postponed a number of occasions as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, and can now be performed from December 14 to 22.
This might be India’s first outing after the group’s historic Olympics bronze medal profitable marketing campaign earlier this yr. The Manpreet Singh-led aspect might be with out eight gamers from the Tokyo Games squad, together with the likes of veteran goalkeeper PR Sreejesh who has been rested,
“With almost 10 gamers who have been a part of the Tokyo Olympic squad being rested, this can be a unbelievable alternative for the gamers who had been ready on the sidelines to get an opportunity to carry out in a significant worldwide match. This might be a superb platform for them to showcase their expertise and temperament,” stated Manpeet earlier than leaving for Dhaka on Friday.
Defending champions India would start their marketing campaign on the opening day towards Korea earlier than locking horns towards Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan and hosts Bangladesh within the single-pool match for high honours.
“This is our first outing after the Tokyo Olympics so naturally there’s plenty of pleasure among the many gamers. We have had a superb coaching camp in Bhubaneswar and I really feel because the climate right here is sort of just like that of Dhaka, we gained’t take lengthy to acclimatise,” the skipper stated.
“It might be a superb match not simply by way of competitors but in addition to grasp about different group’s capabilities. We assess the progress of different Asian international locations forward of the all-important Asian Games and Asia Cup subsequent yr,’ the ace mid-fielder added.
After Korea, India will play Bangladesh on December 15, adopted by matches towards arch-rivals Pakistan on December 17, Malaysia on December 18 and Japan on December 19.
The top-four groups from the pool phases will progress to the semi-finals to be performed on December 21 adopted by the title conflict on December 22.
In the earlier version of the occasion held in Muscat in 2018, India had collectively lifted the title together with Pakistan as the ultimate was known as off as a consequence of incessant rains.
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