The Asian Hockey Champions Trophy is played among different Asian countries which include Pakistan, India, Malaysia, China, South Korea, Japan and Oman. This tournament started in 2011 and India was declared as a Champion. After that this tournament is held every year. Pakistan and India are the most successful teams of this tournament. Both Pakistan and India claimed twice the Asian Champions Trophy. In 2011 Pakistan was placed as a Runner-up team while India ruled as a Champion. The same year Malaysia stood on number third while Japan claimed the fourth position in the tournament. If we talk about 2012 and 2013 Pakistan remained the unbeaten Champion of this tournament while India and Japan were the runner-ups in 2012 and 2013 respectively.
In this calendar year 2016 the Asian Hockey Champions Trophy was held in Malaysia, Kuantan District. The top six Asian teams Pakistan, India, China, Japan, Malaysia and South Korea participated in this event. Pakistan stood as a runner-up team in this tournament while on the other hand India after a thrilling 3-2 claimed a victory and stood as Champions of this event. This tournament started on 20th October 2016 in Malaysia- Wilma Bela Hockey Stadium. The first match of the tournament was played between Pakistan and Malaysia, in which Malaysia thrashed Pakistan in the opening match of the tournament by 4-2. Pakistan then played its second match versus South Korea and claimed a 1-0 victory. Pakistan was now against Japan and Japan got beaten by Pakistan 4-3 goals. After back to back and comprehensive victories Pakistan now has to played against China. Pakistan totally dominated the match and out-classed China by 4-0.
Remember this thing Pakistan landed in this tournament as a defending Champion. After all these victories Pakistan has to start its campaign for the Semi-finals. Pakistan squad has Imran Butt and Amjad Ali as their goal-keepers while Aleem Bilal, Muhammad Irfan, Ammad Shakeel Butt were the defenders and mid-fielders slot contains the following players Rashid Mehmood, Tasawar Abbas, Nawaz Ashfaq, Fareed Ahmed, Toseeq Arshad and Muhammad Rizwan Junior while Pakistan squad has Muhammad Irfan Junior, Umer Bhutta, Arsalan Qadir, Ali Shan, Ejaz Ahmed, Muhammad Rizwan Senior, Abdul Haseem Khan as their Forward attacking players. Pakistan has to play the semi-final against Malaysia. Both the teams played very good and a comprehensive game, luckily the coins turned into Pakistan favor and Pakistan was able to beat Malaysia in the second Semi-final of the tournament by 3-2 goals. The first Semi-final was already played between India and South Korea, in which India defeated South Korea over shoot-outs.
Now finally, its 30th October 2016 time to crown the Champion. The final match was played between Pakistan and their traditional rivals India. Remember one thing Pakistan has ruled the Asian Champions Trophy more than any other country playing this tournament. Pakistan had won this Asian Trophy back to back in 2012 and 2013 by beating India and Japan. In 2012 Pakistan beat India in a very nail biting and a thriller match by 5-4 to be announced as a Champion while in 2013 Pakistan beat Japan by 3-1 to maintain its title as a Champions of the Asian Hockey Champions Trophy. India has only won the title of the first edition of this tournament in 2011 by beating Pakistan. Not in just hockey whenever Pakistan faces India in any contest that battle is always electrifying and a hype game with politics involved in that.
This time too when Pakistan were facing India in the final of Asian Hockey Champions Trophy in 2016 there were too much political problems between these two countries. Indian Army firing on Line of Control at the civilians living boundaries sectors and that so called the surgical strikes drama heated up that game. So a match between these two countries India and Pakistan that’s final too and in such a crucial time period where there is a lot of chaos politically and military between these countries this final match was of great importance and no one wanted to lose this match.
Pakistan team was led by Muhammad Irfan while team comprises of these players, Imran Butt and Amjad Ali as their goal-keepers while Aleem Bilal, Muhammad Irfan, Ammad Shakeel Butt were the defenders and mid-fielders slot contains the following playes Rashid Mehmood, Tasawar Abbas, Nawaz Ashfaq, Fareed Ahmed, Toseeq Arshad and Muhammad Rizwan Junior while Pakistan squad has Muhammad Irfan Junior, Umer Bhutta, Arsalan Qadir, Ali Shan, Ejaz Ahmed, Muhammad Rizwan Senior, Abdul Haseem Khan as their Forwards.
On the other hand India squad have these players Amit Gowda, Akash Chikte, Nikkin Thimmaiah, Jasjit Singh Kular, Md Amir Khan, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Harjot Singh, Affan Yousuf, Ramandeep Singh, Devindar Sunil Walmiki, Gurjinder Singh, Talwinder Singh, Malak Singh, Surender Kumar, Mandeep Singh, Satbir Singh, Birendra Lakra, Akashdeep Singh, Yuvraj Walmiki, Danish Mujtaba, Sardar Singh, Manpreet Singh, Dharamvir Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh, Sreejesh Parattu Raveendran, Chinglensana Singh Kangujam, Nithin Thimmaiah, Uthappa Sannuvanda Kushalappa, Raghunath Vokkaliga Ramachandra, Sunil Sowmarpet Vitalacharya, Khadangbam Kothajit Singh, Pardeep Mor to fight against Pakistan in the final of the tournament. Indian team was led by PR Sreejesh.
Goals scorer from India is Rupinder Pal Singh in the 18th minute, Yousaf Affan in the 23rd minute and Nikkin Thimmaiah in the 51st minute. On the other hand players who scored goal against India in the final match of Asian Hockey Champions Trophy 2016 were Muhammad Aleem Bilal and Ali Shan. Muhammad Aleem Bilal scored goal in the 26th minute of the game while Ali Shan scored goal in the 38th minute of the game. Hence India beating Pakistan for the second time to reclaim the Asian Champions title 2016 by 3-2. India had also beaten Pakistan in first edition of this tournament on the plenty shoots to claim the first ever Asian Champions title in 2011.
After 2016 both Pakistan and India have won this Asian Hockey Champions Trophy twice and Pakistan also stood runner-up exactly the same time as that of a Champion.