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Hero Asia Cup 2022 to commence on May 23, Indian men's hockey team to kickstart campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan

Indian Men's Hockey Team (Pic Credit: Hockey India)
Indian Men's Hockey Team (Pic Credit: Hockey India)

The Hero Asia Cup 2022 men's hockey tournament will take place at GBK Sports Complex Hockey Stadium from May 23 to June 1, 2022, in Jakarta, Indonesia. The Asian Hockey Federation (AFH) has released the schedule for the eight-team tournament.

India have been grouped alongside Pakistan, Japan and Indonesia in Pool A. Meanwhile, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Oman and South Korea are grouped in Pool B. Indonesia, the host nation, will be participating in the Asia Cup for the first time ever.

Defending champions India will kickstart their campaign in the 11th edition of the Asia Cup men's hockey tournament against arch-rivals Pakistan on May 23.

Team India are one of the most successful teams at the continental hockey tournament with three titles to their name, one each in 2003, 2007 and 2017. They are tied with Pakistan, who have also bagged three titles - in 1982, 1985 and 1989, respectively.

However, South Korea have the most number of titles, with four, in 1994, 1999, 2009 and 2013.

The Indian men's hockey team are in fierce form after finishing home leg matches of the FIH Pro League 2021/22 at the top of the points table. The Amit Rohidas-led Indian men's team has had a phenomenal run and are currently placed first in the table with 27 points from 12 matches.

India maintaining its position at the top of the pool standings with a huge margin of 10 points and a remarkable display of teamwork and sportsmanship throughout. #IndiakaGame #HockeyIndia #FIHProLeague #HockeyAtItsBest @CMO_Odisha @sports_odisha @IndiaSports @Media_SAI https://t.co/hutbnYrT5f

Asia Cup Men's Hockey 2022 Format

In the preliminary round, four teams in each pool will play each other once. The top four teams, two from each group, will go through to the Super 4s, where they will compete against each other once. The top two teams will then battle it out for the prestigious hockey title.

The top three overall teams will qualify for the Men's FIH Hockey World Cup 2023 to be played in India.

Best moments πŸ“Έ from our victory over Germany in their final home game of the FIH Hockey Pro League 2021-22 season at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar today, 15 April 2022#IndiakaGame #HockeyIndia #FIHProLeague #HockeyAtItsBest @CMO_Odisha @sports_odisha @IndiaSports @Media_SAI https://t.co/hJ3LnblHo6

Asia Cup Men's Hockey 2022: India Schedule

Match 1: India vs Pakistan

Date: May 23, 2022; Timing: 05:00 pm IST

Match 2: Japan vs India

Date: May 24, 2022; Timing: 05:00 pm IST

Match 2: India vs Indonesia

Date: May 26, 2022; Timing: 05:00 pm IST

Also read: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik unveils official logo of 2023 FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup

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Edited by Sankalp Srivastava
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