The Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) has announced the Hero Hockey Asia Cup 2017 schedule. The Men’s Asia Cup 2017 is scheduled to be held at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh from October 11 to 22. Since 1985, this is the first time Bangladesh will host this tournament. The tournament will witness some of the top hockey teams battling for the title.
The main perk of the Asia Cup 2017 Hockey is that the winner will get a direct qualification to the Hockey World Cup 2018 which is scheduled to take place in Bhubaneswar, India. The inaugural edition of the competition was won by Pakistan.
India has won the Asia Cup twice, first in 2003 and second in 2007 while Korea has become the winner of the cup in 1993, 1999, 2009 and 2013. The tournament will feature host Bangladesh along with India, Pakistan, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Oman and China.
Teams & Pools
|Pool A||Pool B|
|India ||Malaysia |
|Pakistan ||South Korea |
|Japan ||China |
|Bangladesh ||Oman |
Hockey Asia Cup 2017 India’s Schedule
Here is the full schedule of Indian hockey team for Hockey Asia Cup 2017:
India vs Japan
Time: 3 pm local time
India vs Bangladesh
Time: 5:30 pm local time
India vs Pakistan
Time: 5:30 pm local time
Hockey Asia Cup 2017 Schedule
|India vs Japan||11 October||3pm local time, 2:30pm IST|
|Pakistan vs Bangladesh||11 October||5:30pm local time, 5pm IST|
|Japan vs Pakistan||13 October||3pm local time, 2:30pm IST|
|India vs Bangladesh||13 October||5:30pm local time, 5pm IST|
|Japan vs Bangladesh||15 October||3pm local time, 2:30pm IST|
|India vs Pakistan||15 October||5:30pm local time, 5pm IST|
|Malaysia vs China||12 October||3pm local time, 2:30pm IST|
|South Korea vs Oman||12 October||5:30pm local time, 5pm IST|
|China vs Oman||14 October||3pm local time, 2:30pm IST|
|South Korea vs Malaysia||14 October||5:30pm local time, 5pm IST|
|Malaysia vs Oman||16 October||3pm local time, 2:30pm IST|
|China vs South Korea||16 October||5:30pm local time, 5pm IST|
All the teams have been dived into two groups, Group A include Pakistan, India, Japan and Bangladesh while Malaysia, Korea, China and Oman are in Group B.
As per the latest FIH World Rankings, India is ranked top amongst other teams at the 6th position while the defending champions Korea is at the 13th position. The Indian squads for the Hockey Asia Cup 2017 are announced by the officials.
India hockey team
Goalkeepers: Akash Chikte, Suraj Karkera
Defenders: Dipsan Tirkey, Kothajit Singh, Surender Kumar, Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar
Midfielders: SK Uthappa, Sardar Singh, Manpreet Singh (captain), Chinglensana Singh, Sumit
Forwards: S.V. Sunil (vice-captain), Akashdeep Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Lalit Kumar, Gurjant Singh, Satbir Singh