The 25th edition of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup will open its curtain tomorrow with the main squad expecting to at least claim a fourth spot finish in the competition.
New Zealand, India and Australia will all be competing in the tournament, which visibly makes it a competitive one, and as far as Malaysian head coach Stephen van Huizen is concerned, this is the perfect opportunity for his men to improve themselves as a team.
“We’ve had a steady preparation for the championship and hopefully we will give our best performance with the mix of junior and senior players,” Van Huizen told Sinar Harian.
The current Malaysian squad is largely made up of inexperienced youngsters and Van Huizen considers it to be a developmental squad. This was the same squad that picked up 3 wins, 2 draws and 5 defeats during their recent tour in Ocenia.
Malaysia will kick-start their Sultan Azlan Shah campaign against New Zealand tomorrow, followed by Japan on Thursday, Australia (Saturday), Canada (12th April), Pakistan (13th April) and India on the final day of the group stage (15th April).