India will play Pakistan in the Asian Champions Trophy today, 20 October.
The match is scheduled to start at 10:40pm IST. It will be broadcast on Star Sports 2.
India defeated Oman 11-0 in their opening match of the tournament.
Indian men’s hockey team chief coach Harendra Singh says his team has shrugged off the disappointment of the Jakarta Games and is looking forward to the keenly awaited contest against arch-rivals Pakistan in the Asian Champions Trophy in Muscat on Saturday, 20 October.
Title holders India started the tournament with a runaway 11-0 victory over hosts Oman on Thursday, while former champions Pakistan defeated South Korea 3-1 in their first fixture.
“The competitive part of the tournament starts Saturday with the match against Pakistan,” said Harendra, who admitted the dejection within the squad when they failed to defend the Asian Games title in Jakarta.
“After the semi-final loss in the Asian Games, the mood was not good for a few days. The disappointment of not winning the Asian Games gold is still playing on the minds of the players somewhat, but we cannot keep thinking of the past,” he said.
India, however, managed to secure bronze with a win over Pakistan.
“We are now focused on this tournament and the side is shaping well. Nine of our players scored goals against Oman in the first outing here. A victory here in the Asian Champions Trophy will be a good path for the World Cup just over a month away. This tournament is close of the World Cup, we need competitive matches and we are getting them,” he said.
Pakistan skipper Rizwan Senior said, “…Yes, India- Pakistan matches are always good for the audience and this will be the first time the two teams will be playing in Muscat so naturally the excitement is high among hockey lovers here. Hopefully, we will live up to the expectations and ensure it will be a thrilling match.”>