Veteran goalkeeper PR Sreejesh said that a lot of youngsters will be given opportunities in a hectic year for the team in which it will compete in marquee events like the Commonwealth Games and Asiad.
The baton will be in Bhubaneswar for the night, and on Jan 15, it will tour Puri and Konark where dignitaries and senior district officials will receive it.
Unlike other edition of the Games, this year's Queens Baton Relay will be held as a symbolic event because of the pandemic.
The 2019 world champion looked subdued in the Thailand leg at the beginning of 2021 but she soon reached the final at Swiss Open before coronavirus forced the suspension of three Olympic qualifiers.
Malaysia will take on Scotland in the opening game followed by the clash between Bangladesh and Kenya.
The tournament will be a round-robin event with all the T20Is scheduled to be played at the Kinrara Oval in Puchong.
The relay will start with Delhi on January 12, followed by Ahmedabad (January 13), Bengaluru (January 14) and Odisha (January 15).
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The eight-team tournament would be played in a round-robin format, with the top four teams qualifying for the semifinals.
The list of qualified nations for the hockey tournament at the Birmingham Games has not yet been announced and is set to be made official in February next year.
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However, as part of the recommended pathway for the upcoming two CWGs from 2026, they have included T20 (both men and women) as a 'proposed core sport'.
Earlier, the Indian men's and women's hockey teams had decided to pull out of the Commonwealth Games 2022, which is set to be held from July 28 to August 8, 2022, in Birmingham, England.
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The Relay will begin on October 7 at the Buckingham Palace, where Queen Elizabeth II will place her message to the Commonwealth into the Baton.