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Indian Hockey Team To Take on Pakistan in Champions Trophy Opener

India will also play Argentina on 24 June followed by games against Australia on 27 June and Belgium on 28 June.

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The Indian hockey team will lock horns with Pakistan in their opening match of the men’s Champions Trophy in Netherlands on 23 June.

As per the schedule announced by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Thursday, 15 March, besides the India-Pakistan tie, there will be two more games on the first day of the event to be held from 23 June to 1 July.

Indian Hockey Team To Take on Pakistan in Champions Trophy Opener

The India-Pakistan match will be followed by a clash between hosts and European champions Netherlands and 2016 Olympic gold medallists Argentina, while reigning World Cup, World League and Champions Trophy title holders Australia will face Rio Olympic silver medallists Belgium in the last game of the day.

In line with the event qualification criteria, Netherlands, Argentina and Australia qualified for this event automatically, while the other three nations were invited by the FIH Executive Board.

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The competition in Breda is notable for many reasons, not least for the fact that it will be the last ever men's edition of the event with an illustrious history. This heritage is reflected in the opening match, which features one of the biggest rivalries in the sport.

Pakistan, the country that launched the hockey Champions Trophy back in 1978, take on arch-rivals and Asian champions India. It is a fixture that is sure to draw thousands of spectators to the venue as well as millions of fans tuning in from across the world, eagerly anticipating the latest episode of this long-running battle between two of the sport's most successful nations.

After the Pakistan tie, India will play Argentina on 24 June, followed by games against Australia on 27 June, and Belgium on 28 June.

Over nine days of action, which includes a rest day on 25 June, all teams will be focused on reaching the final, which will be played at on 1 July, with the other classification matches being played earlier in the day.

This will be one of the last opportunities for these teams to play against one another competitively before the end of year men's World Cup to be held in Bhubaneswar from 28 November to 16 December.

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