It was heartbreak for New Zealand's Blair Hilton as he was ruled out of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Tournament after undergoing surgery for appendicitis at a private hospital in Ipoh on Wednesday night, a day before the tournament gets underway.
The enchanting aura of the annual Azlan Shah tournament permeates across the continent and beyond. Its history provides a fascinating insight into the ebb and flow of a competition that has enriched the ethos of hockey. No major force on the contemporary scene has ever failed to savour its moment of delight in Malaysia.
Seven players who represented Malaysia in the victorious Asia Junior Cup were given the nod for inclusion in the squad for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.
In what coach Tai Beng Hai states is a team for the future, the fusion of yoingsters and experienced players will carry the Malaysian challenge in a tournament that sees the participation of Great Britain, Argentina, New Zealand, South Korea, Pakistan and India.