Malaysia take on India in four-nation opening tie


KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will play against India in their opening match of a four-nation tournament in Canberra on April 14. 

The tournament is one of the two four-nation tournaments hosted by Australia. The other will be played in Sydney from April 21-25. 

Besides Australia, Malaysia and India, the other team in the fray are South Africa. Except for Malaysia, all the other teams will feature in the Athens Olympics in August. 

Malaysia will be represented by a team of senior and juniors players and they are under the charge of coaches Yahya Atan and A. Arulselvaraj. 

The team of 16 players is now in training and they have three Test matches against the United States next week as part of their preparation for the tournaments in Australia. 

The team have 12 players from the side who failed to qualify for the Olympics in a tournament in Madrid early this month. And Arulselvaraj said that they also had the task to lift the morale of the players. 

“It was a major blow not to qualify for the Olympics but they have to put the disappointment behind and look ahead. The matches in Australia are against top teams and they have to make full use of the opportunities to learn from them,” he said. 

The matches against the US are scheduled for April 7, 8 and 11. The team will leave from Australia on April 13. 

The American team will also play three matches against the national junior, who are preparing for the Junior Asia Cup in Karachi from April 20-29. These matches will be played on April 5, 10 and 13. 

THE FIXTURES 

  • CANBERRA 

    April 14:

  • Australia vs South Africa, Malaysia vs India. 

    April 15: Malaysia vs South Africa, Australia vs India. 

    April 17: South Africa vs India, Australia vs Malaysia

    April 18: Final. 

  • SYDNEY 

    April 21: Malaysia

  • vs India, Australia vs South Africa. 

    April 22: Malaysia vs South Africa, Australia vs India. 

    April 24: Australia vs Malaysia, South Africa vs India. 

    April 25: Final

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