Two-time reigning champions Australia will open their FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018 campaign today (Friday) at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
Australia’s World Cup opening encounter against Ireland, scheduled to start at 5 pm India time, can potentially open the window to the possibility of a hat-trick of the FIH World Cup titles for the Kookaburras, who are already crowned with two consecutive title triumphs since the 2018 Delhi edition.
The team in traditional Yellow jerseys is also desperate to finish at the top in the interest of their build-up for the 2022 Tokyo Olympic Games. The Australians have confessed that they will be playing for money. Literally. To give a boost to their Olympic preparations.
As the World No. 1 Kookaburras – the three time World Cup champions in 1986, 2010 and 2014 – target Ireland for a crushing win, fans on the move can catch all the action live on the FIH You Tube channel and host and exclusive broadcaster Star Sports’ OTT platform Hotstar.
The match, to be broadcast live on Star Sports Select 1, will also be simulcast on DD Sports.
Later in the evening, England take on China in the second Pool B clash, starting at 7 pm. The match will also be streamed LIVE onFIH You Tube channel and Hotstar along with the live broadcast on Star Sports Select and DD Sports.