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All eyes will be on Ipoh as six nations battle it out at the 26th edition of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.

The six are Australia, India, Great Britain, New Zealand, Malaysia and Japan.

Conspicuously missing are teams like Pakistan and South Korea.

This year the tournament will be played on a four quarter format with video referrals being made available for the first time.

Although the weather has been a bit unpredictable in Ipoh, with thunderstorms in the late evenings, contingency plans have been made to play one match in the morning should there be disruptions.

And there are also the two rests days ( Monday and Thursday) available should any matches have to be rescheduled due to adverse weather conditions.

Australia look as the early favourites as they have a well balanced team while India are expected to join them in the final.

Great Britain stand an outside chance of making the top two but New Zealand who are fielding s youthful side can find the going touch.

Malaysia who finished fourth last year will be hoping to do one better as a morale booster before the World League Semis next June.

As for Japan, the lowest world ranked team (16) any position then bottom will be an achievement.

What the Coaches Say

Australia (Colin Batch)

"It will be a tough tournament as the weather will play a major factor as well.

"It is always a privilege to be here and after coaching Nee Zealand for the past four years it is ironic that I lead Australia to play the Kiwis in the first match.

"It will be 22 players on the pitch that I am familiar with and I expect a good match as had always been the case when these two countries meet,"

India (Roelant Oltmans)

"It is always an interesting tournament and it is no different this time around as this gives us a perfect opportunity to try out players and tactics for the two major events on our calendar."

Great Britain (Bobby Crutchley)

"We often only get to play as a team in the run up to the Olympics and being here provides me and the players the platform to gain invaluable insights on the demands of top level Hockey.

"It is always interesting playing against India and we hope to be competitive against them."

New Zealand (Darren Smith)

"It is a learning curve for the team and we will take as much as we can from this tournament."

Malaysia (Stephen van Huizen)

"We need to be consistent in our performances and if we can achieve that then I believe the results will follow."

Japan (Takahiko Yamabori)

"We have nothing to lose but everything to gain in this tournament."

About the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

A brief history of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

The Sultan Azlan Shah Cup began in 1983 as a biennial event, and has since become one of the important fixtures in global hockey. Since 2003, it has been an annual tournament, with Ipoh as venue since 2007. With hockey cycles divided into World Cups and the Olympics every two years, each tournament has always provided participants a chance to field squads that mix youth with experience in a bid to prepare for sterner tests in the coming months. 2017 will be no exception.

India are the second-most successful nation in the history of the Azlan Shah Cup, their four titles bettered only by Australia's nine. Pakistan with three are next on the list of champions, while hosts Malaysia have perhaps been the unluckiest team in terms of silverware, having made five finals but lost in each of them.