Pillay & Co leave for Australia

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

The Indian hockey team today left for Australia to take part in the two-leg three-nation invitational tournament starting on May 28.

Bangalore:

A confident Indian hockey team today left for Australia to take part in the two-leg three-nation invitational tournament starting on May 28. Its much-awaited face-off with Pakistan is expected to provide the fireworks to the 12-day event. Led by the mercurial Dhanraj Pillay, the 20-member team took a flight to Singapore en route to Australia, which has fielded Australia 'A' side for the event besides its national side. Exuding optimism, 34-year-old Pillay and Chief Coach Rajinder Singh said the team was confident of putting up a good show, having undergone a month-long rigorous training programme at the Sports Authority of India, South Centre. "Our morale is high. We are well prepared to face tough challenges," they said at the airport before leaving. The event would be held at Perth and Sydney. In particular, India's fixtures with Pakistan are expected to be watched keenly back home as it is the first time that they would be crossing swords after the thaw in relations between the arch-rivals following peace overtures from New Delhi. (PTI)

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