Hockey India on Monday announced the appointment of David John and BJ Kariappa as the interim coaches of the Indian Men's Hockey Team for the FIH Hockey Pro League 2022-23 matches. Shivendra Singh has also joined the coaching team. The federation made the announcement while announcing the squad for the Hockey Pro League to be staged in Rourkela.
Notably, the entire coaching staff including Head coach Graham Reid had stepped down from their respective positions following India's exit from the Hockey World Cup.
Now, as the Men's Hockey Team get ready to take on World Champions Germany and World No. 4 Australia in the upcoming FIH Hockey Pro League matches in Rourkela, Hockey India announced a 20-member squad as well as the coaching staff.
"The Indian Team will be Captained by experienced campaigner Harmanpreet Singh, who led the Indian team to crucial victories as skipper during the FIH Men's Hockey Pro League 2022/2023 matches against Spain and New Zealand in October and November last year. Hardik Singh has been named as the Vice-Captained of the team," said Hockey India in a statement.
"David John and BJ Kariappa have been named as the interim Coaches along with Shivendra Singh for the Indian Men's Hockey Team for the upcoming FIH Men's Hockey Pro League 2022/23 matches," it added.
Indian Men's Hockey Team for the FIH Hockey Pro League 2022/2023:
1. Sreejesh Parattu Raveendran
3. Harmanpreet Singh (C)
4. Jugraj Singh
5. Nilam Sanjeep Xess
6. Jarmanpreet Singh
9. Manpreet Singh
10. Hardik Singh (V/C)
11. Vivek Sagar Prasad
12. Moirangthem Rabichandra Singh
13. Vishnukant Singh
14. Dilpreet Singh
15. Shamsher Singh
16. Raj Kumar Pal
17. S. Karthi
18. Sukhjeet Singh
20. Gurjant Singh
On March 10th, India will take on Germany in the first match, followed by Germany playing against Australia on March 11th. On March 12th, India and Australia will go head-to-head, while on March 13th, India will play against Germany for the second time.
On March 14th, the spotlight will be on Germany and Australia, and the final match in Rourkela will take place on March 15th, with India playing against Australia for the second time. All matches will be held at 1900 hours IST.