Today will be held the tournament of the Asia Cup 2013 at Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium, Ipoh. It is the 9th edition of the Asia Cup since 1982.
Pakistan was the former finalist of world cup since 1971 is the favourite to grab the title other than South Korea and India. They won four times world champion and three times Asia Cup titles.
Malaysia ranked 13th world hockey who are third in reserve list of World Cup 2014 has one foot in the World Cup as they await the winner of Oceania Cup to sneak in through the back door.
Meanwhile the defending champion, South Korea is already qualified for World Cup 2014 can afford to keep their foot off the gas and use the tournament as a warm up en route to the 2014 World Cup.
Paul Revington believe bringing home a maiden gold medal after the best finish at the tournament was a bronze medal in 2007.
If Malaysia win the tournament, they will drag India along into the World Cup but if Pakistan win the title of the Asia Cup 2013, the chances for India is over.
Malaysia will start campaign against Taiwan today at 8 p.m.
- Malaysia, Pakistan, Japan and Taiwan
- South Korea, India, Oman and Bangladesh.
Today fixtures :
- India vs Oman (4 p.m)
- Pakistan vs Japan (6 p.m)
- Malaysia vs Taiwan (8 p.m)