Pakistan rested four seniors and have sent out a fairly young team for this year's Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, being played in Ipoh, Malaysia from March 9-17. The Greenshirts will face New Zealand, Australia, India, Malaysia and South Korea in the initial stage of the tournament. Pakistan's recent performances including a gold medal at the Asian Champions Trophy and a bronze medal at the Champions Trophy have raised the bar for the team and expectations are high.
Pakistan's coach, Hanif Khan, has said that the tournament will provide good exposure for the youngsters and be a good test for them.
Dawn.com met up with the hockey team before they left to participate in the Azlan Shah Cup - get to know who's who in Pakistan's national hockey team . - Photos by Sara Faruqi/Dawn.com, text by Tabinda Siddiqi/Dawn.com
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