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Commonwealth Games 2018: Indian men’s hockey team to kick-start their campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan

Reigning silver medallists India will open their campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan in a mouth-watering men’s hockey contest of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

According to the schedule announced by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Tuesday, Asian champions India are placed in a relatively easy but tricky Pool B alongside Pakistan, last edition’s bronze medallists England, Malaysia and Wales. Five-time champions and hosts Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and Scotland feature in Pool A.

The Indian men’s team will play Pakistan in its first match on 7 April, followed by games against Wales (8 April), Malaysia (10 April) and England (11 April).

Meanwhile, the Indian women’s team have been clubbed in Pool A, which consists of current silver medallists England, South Africa, Malaysia and Wales.