A total of six countries will compete in this year’s Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, which is set to be held from 27 April-6 May.
The line-up confirmed by the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup organizing committee chairman, Datuk Abd Rahim Mohd Arif includes Malaysia, Australia, Japan, India, New Zealand and Great Britain.
The amount of teams for this year’s cup has decreased by one compared to last year’s tournament where seven teams competed.
Pakistan and Canada, who competed last year, will not join this year’s edition.
However, the Chief Executive Officer for the Malaysia Hockey Confederation, K. Logan Raj told Berita Harian that Malaysia’s target is to at least finish in the top four.
“This competition is very important for Malaysia because we’ll be using it to prepare for the Hockey World League as well as the World Cup,” he explained.