Malaysia will be aiming to qualify for the polo World Cup Finals for the first time this year.
The Malaysians will take their first step towards the Finals – to be held in Argentina in October – when they play hosts to the FIP World Cup Zone D qualifier at three different venues from June 11-26.
The three venues are the Royal Pahang Polo Club in Pekan, the Putrajaya Equestrian Park and the Royal Selangor Polo Club.
The Zone D qualifier will see Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Nigeria and Singapore vying for the three tickets for the FIP World Cup Finals in San Luis, Argentina, from Oct 11-25.
The FIP World Cup is held once every three years.
National team manager Ahmad Jamili Rashid said the team had been training since last year.
The team members are skipper Huzaini Yunos, 29, Shaik Reismann, 35, Amran Selamat, 32, Muhammad Edham Shaharuddin, 35, Saladin Mazlan, 30, and Tengku Ahmad Shazril.
On paper, seeded teams South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, who finished in that order at the last qualifier in New Zealand, are favourites to make the cut.
“But we are at home and we aim to make use of that advantage to see us through,” said Jamili.