The Indian women’s hockey team will play a total of five matches in the series from 27th of September to 4th of October in Marlow, England.
Hockey India named an 18-member women’s team to be captained by Rani Rampal for this month’s tour to England.
According to the schedule and pairing, the team will be required to play five matches against the rival Great Britain.
The command of the team will be held in the hands of Rani followed by Savita who will be the vice-captain of the Indian women Hockey team.
“We still have ten days of training before we leave for the matches in England, and I am sure these matches will serve as good preparation for our vital FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers in Odisha against USA in November 2019,” chief coach Sjoerd Marijne said.
He went on length to even say that Great Britain and USA play a similar kind of hockey and thus the upcoming tour could prove beneficial for the Indian women.
He said, “I think both the Great Britain team and USA play with a similar approach to their game, so it is beneficial for us to be playing against a strong opponent in their own backyard.”
“We now focus on preparing well for the matches in England, but our main objective will remain to finalise some points we can improve from the Olympic Test Event as we go into the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers in Odisha,” Marijne said.
The Indian squad looks like this :
Goalkeepers: Savita (VC), Rajani Etimarpu
Defenders: Deep Grace Ekka, Gurjit Kaur, Reena Khokhar, Salima Tete
Midfielders: Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Nikki Pradhan, Monika, Neha Goyal, Lilima Minz, Namita Toppo
Forwards: Rani (C), Vandana Katariya, Navneet Kaur, Lalremsiami, Navjot Kaur and Sharmila Devi