England, it may be recalled are on a high, having recently won the Four Nation London Investec Cup featuring Ireland, South Africa and Scotland.
India are pitted in Pool A alongside Wales, Scotland, Australia and South Africa. India launch their Commonwealth Games campaign against 31st ranked Wales – the lowest ranked team in the men’s competition – on July 25.
The Sardar Singh-led side then face 25th ranked Scotland the next day. The Blueshirts have a two-day rest before locking horns with reigning champions and world number one Australia on July 29. India will wind up their league engagements against 12th ranked South Africa on July 31.
The Pool B comprises 5th ranked England, 6th ranked New Zealand, 13th ranked Malaysia, 16th ranked Canada and 29th ranked Trinidad & Tobago.