India will open against Pakistan on the opening day of the Asia Cup Men’s Hockey Campaign

Defending champions India will begin their campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan in the Asia Cup Men’s Hockey Tournament to be played here from May 23 to June 1.

India and Pakistan will face each other in the last match of the opening day of the tournament.

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India, a bronze medalist at the Tokyo Olympics, is placed in a tough Pool A with Japan, Pakistan and host Indonesia, while Pool B includes Malaysia, Korea, Oman and Bangladesh.

After Pakistan, India will play the final pool match on May 24 against Japan and on May 26 against Indonesia.

The tournament will be played in a Super 4s pool format in which the top two teams from each pool advance to the next round.

The final of the tournament will be played on June 1.

India and Pakistan have won the Asia Cup three times each, while South Korea is the most successful team with four titles.

India’s titles came in 2003 in Kuala Lumpur, 2007 in Chennai and 2017 in Dhaka.

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