India is all set to face its archenemies Pakistan in their opening match of the Asia Cup Hockey Championship 2022 on May 23. As per the schedule announced on Friday, India – which is the highest-ranked team in the world rankings, is placed in the Pool A with Pakistan, Japan. Host Indonesia will play against Pakistan in the last match in the opening day’s schedule.
Pool B includes Malaysia, South Korea, Bangladesh and Oman. The Asia Cup Hockey will be held from May 23 to June 1. It will start with a Pool B encounter between Malaysia and Oman on May 23.
India will face gold medallist Japan in their second match on May 24 and meet host Indonesia on May 26 at GBK Sports Complex Hockey Stadium in Jakarta, to round off their league engagements.
The top 2 teams from each pool will qualify for Super 4s Pool, and the final match will be held on June 1. India has been a shining star in the Asia Cup and has won the title thrice. India and Pakistan played against each other in Asian Champions Trophy 2021 which India won by 4-3 to clinch the bronze medal. The Asia Cup is being held after a gap of 2 years as it was postponed last year due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
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