Star striker Rani Rampal will lead a 20-member Indian women’s hockey team for the tour of New Zealand, beginning on January 25 in Auckland.
India’s first match of the tour is against the New Zealand Development squad on January 25, followed by games against the New Zealand women’s team on January 27 and 29. The Indians will also play Great Britain on February 4 and then conclude the tour with another match against the New Zealand women’s team on February 5.
Speaking about the tour, India’s chief coach Sjoerd Marijne said, “I want to use this tour to create more competition within this group. Although we are taking a 20-member team, in some matches we will use only 16 players because we play with 16 players at the Olympics and in some matches we will play 18 members.
“The players have to show their best and I want to see how they perform under pressure and stay in the right rhythm,” Marijne added.