Monday, March 9, 2015

India’s Azlan Shah camp begins on March 15

The Indian senior men’s hockey team players will assembly in New Delhi for the preparatory camp for the upcoming Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, which begins at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium. As many as 33 probables will be put through the paces under the watchful eyes of newly-installed national coach Paul van Ass and his support staff.
The national players had a good match practice in the third Hero Hockey India League turning out for different franchises and had a three-week rest before they hit the practice drills once again. The camp is expected to be held till April 1 – the day the team departs for Ipoh on April 3 – the Sultan Azlan Shah Cupbbbll begins from April 5 and runs till April 12.
Besides India this year’s edition features defending champions Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Korea and hosts Malaysia, who interestingly have never won this event, having finished runners-up twice on the trot in the 2013 and 2014 editions. South Africa was another team that was supposed to be part of the 2015 edition but backed out at the eleventh hour.
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