New Delhi: Two-time defending champions India will open their campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on the inaugural day of the fifth Sultan of Johor Cup junior hockey tournament to be held in Johor Bahru, Malaysia from October 11 to 18.
Beside India, who are the title holders for the last two editions of the Sultan of Johor, the six-team tournament will also feature Pakistan, Great Britain, Argentina, Australia and hosts Malaysia.
After the high-voltage clash against Pakistan, India will face Great Britain on October 12, Argentina (October 14), Malaysia (October 15) and Australia (October 17).
Speaking on the upcoming tournament, Hockey India secretary general Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad said: "It's a very important tournament for us for two reasons -- firstly, because we are aiming at continuing our winning streak and defending the title which the team has successfully done for the last two editions and secondly, the win here will boost the team for the upcoming eighth men's Junior Asia Cup.
"This team is very ambitious and I am sure they go all out to achieve it. I am confident they will live upto their own expectations and come back victorious."