New Delhi: The 2017 Asia Cup is being billed as the start of a new beginning in Indian hockey. The coming together of Sjoerd Marijne and Manpreet Singh coach-captain is expected to answer long-standing questions like India's inability to win major tournaments.
The eight-team tournament in Dhaka will serve as the perfect testing ground for the Indian team under a new coach. India were runner-up to South Korea in the last edition four years ago. This time, the Manpreet Singh-led outfit will hope to do one better than 2013.
This is also India's lone international outing before the year-ending big event, the FIH Hockey World League Final to be held in Bhubaneswar. And India will open their campaign on Wednesday with a tricky tie against Japan.
Here's everything you need to know about the tournament:
|Pool A||Pool B|
|India (6)||Malaysia (12)|
|Pakistan (14)||South Korea (13)|
|Japan (17)||China (18)|
|Bangladesh (34)||Oman (30)|
Two top teams from each pool will play in the Super 4s, which will be followed by a single-legged round-robin format to decide the two finalists.
|Match||Date & Time|
|India vs Japan||2:30 pm IST, 11 October|
|Pakistan vs Bangladesh||5 pm IST, 11 October|
|Japan vs Pakistan||2:30 pm IST, 13 October|
|India vs Bangladesh||5:30 pm IST, 13 October|
|Japan vs Bangladesh||2:30 pm IST, 15 October|
|India vs Pakistan||5:30 pm IST, 15 October|
|Match||Date & Time|
|Malaysia vs China||2:30pm IST, 12 October|
|South Korea vs Oman||5pm IST, 12 October|
|China vs Oman||2:30pm IST, 14 October|
|South Korea vs Malaysia||5pm IST, 14 October|
|Malaysia vs Oman||2:30pm IST, 16 October|
|China vs South Korea||5pm IST, 16 October|
Winners of the tournament will qualify for the 2018 World Cup in India.
Goalkeepers: Akash Chikte, Suraj Karkera
Defenders: Dipsan Tirkey, Kothajit Khadangbam, Surender Kumar, Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar
Midfielders: SK Uthappa, Sardar Singh, Manpreet Singh (captain), Chinglensana Kangujam, Sumit
Forwards: S.V. Sunil (vice-captain), Akashdeep Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Lalit Kumar, Gurjant Singh, Satbir Singh
India: TV: Star Sports 2/HD; Live streaming: Hotstar
Malaysia: TV: Astro Arena/HD ; Live streaming: Astro Go
Pakistan: TV: PTV; Live streaming: PTV Sports Live
Japan: TV: TV Tokyo
Live Streaming: Hotstar