Pakistan to open campaign against Malaysia in Asian CT

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Inter-boards hockey championship from Sept 29

ISLAMABAD, Sep 9 (APP): Defending Champions Pakistan will take on hosts Malaysia while India will open their campaign against Japan in the Men’s Asian Champions Trophy taking place in Kuantan from October 20 to 30.

The Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) released the match schedule for the Champions Trophy (CT) on Friday, said a press release issued here.

The Champions Trophy brings together the six best teams of the continent for a battle for continental dominance less than a year ahead of the 2017 Asia Cup, the continental championship which doubles as a World Cup Qualifier.

Hosted in Kuantan, the tournament sees the Malaysian hosts take on continental giants India and current title holders Pakistan as well as Korea, China and Japan, within the top class facilities of the Wisma Belia Hockey Stadium.

Over the eleven days of the event, the teams will first play each other in a round robin, followed by semi-finals and placement matches. The final of the tournament will be played on October 30.

Match schedule for the Champions Trophy- October 21: Pakistan v Korea, Malaysia v China; October 22: India v Korea, China v Japan; October 23: India v Pakistan, Malaysia v Japan; October 24: Korea v China; October 25: Pakistan v Japan, India v China; October 26: Korea v Japan, Malaysia v India; October 27: Pakistan v China, Korea v Malaysia.