It was a wet start to the 22nd edition of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup as rain disrupted proceedings, forcing the organisors to move all games by 30 minutes.
And when play got underway. Pakistan edged defending champions New Zealand 4-3 in an exciting tie that saw New Zealand coming from three goals down to equalise but succumbed to a Muhammad Imran hattrick eventually.
Due to adverse weather conditions, the first match between Pakistan and New Zealand has been delayed. It will commence at 1635H subject to weather conditions, which looks like easing off.
The 22nd edition of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup sees six teams participating in the tournament that gets underway on Saturday.
We take a look at all the teams and evaluate their chances in the world's longest running invitational tournament.
Memories, vivid and varied, come in a cascade as we indulge in an introspection of the fascinating ebb and flow of the annual Sultan Azlan Shah tournament.
The Pakistan hockey team left for Malaysia yesterday to take part in the Azlan Shah Cup with a target of scouting out potential youngsters for the next year’s World Cup.
Pakistan’s hockey ties with Malaysia have a long history. Pakistan’s national side toured Malaysia for the first time in 1955. Before the inception of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, the two nations mostly came across each other on the international arena at the Asian games/Asia Cup and sometimes at the Olympics and the World Cup.
The 23rd edition of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup is fast becoming a sham no thanks to poor planning by the Organising Committee.
The latest low came about when Pakistan withdrew from the seven team event by notifying the Malaysian Hockey Confederation who kept the news to themselves until NewStraits Times journalist Jugjet Singh managed to get the official word from the national body late Saturday.
Failing to merge the men's and women's bodies in the state may cost Perak Hockey Association the host job for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup this year.
India's chief hockey coach Michael Nobbs does not have high expectations from his squad in the upcoming Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia but said that the tournament would serve as an ideal platform for identifying players for the Junior World Cup scheduled later this year.