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India def. Australia, Malaysia def. New Zealand in Zone D FIP Qualifier

Our friend Ameer Jumabhoy (you can read his excellent blog via ajpolo.wordpress.com is in Malaysia for the Zone D FIP playoffs.  He writes that the first matches were heart-stopping, with India defeating Australia 5.5 to 5 and Malaysia defeating New Zealand 9 -8.

Tomorrow, Pakistan faces Nigeria.

The complete schedule is below.  The top three teams will qualify for the World Cup.  I know we say it all the time but, really, we can’t wait!

SCHEDULE

TOURNAMENT DRAW & FIXTURES

The tournament draw for zones and fixtures of play for the group stages was done at the Sponsors Launch on 20th April 2011.

    The Seven countries entered are:

  • 1 South Africa
  • 2 New Zealand
  • 3 Australia
  • 4 India
  • 5 Pakistan
  • 6 Nigeria
  • 7 Malaysia
    Teams were drawn into 3 zones of 2, 2 and 3 teams.

  • Zone 1
    Team A Australia
    Team B Malaysia
  • Zone 2
    Team C New Zealand
    Team D India
  • Zone 3
    Team E South Africa
    Team F Pakistan
    Team G Nigeria
      The first part of the tournament will be played at the Royal Pahang Polo Club in Pekan, Pahang.
      Match schedule

    • Monday 13th June
      Opening Ceremony
      Team E South Africa vs Team G Nigeria
    • Tuesday 14th June
      Team A Australia vs Team D India
      Team C New Zealand vs Team B Malaysia
    • Wednesday 15th June
      Team F Pakistan vs Team G Nigeria
    • Friday 17th June
      Team B Malaysia vs Team D India
      Team A Australia vs Team C New Zealand
    • Saturday 18th June
      Team E South Africa vs Team F Pakistan
    • After these matches, the top four teams will go to the semi-finals, while the bottom three teams will play in a round robin to decide 5th to 7th placings.
    • The Round Robin for 5th / 6th /7th will be played on Monday 20th June.
    • The Semi-Finals will be played on Tuesday 21st June.
    • The tournament will then move to the Royal Selangor Polo Club in Kuala Lumpur.
    • The 3rd / 4th Place Match will be played on Friday 24th June. This will decide the third team to represent Zone D at the FIP Polo World Cup Finals.
  • The Final will be played on Saturday 25th June. The winner will lift the Malaysia Cup.

Pakistan’s Bid for the FIP World Cup

Here’s the latest news from Shah Qubilai Alam regarding the Pakistan Polo Team’s upcoming bid for the FIP World Cup of Polo.
So here’s the latest folks…..

The Pakistan Polo Team is due in Malaysia on June 10, 2011 to participate in the World Cup Qualifiers. The matches will run till June 26th & the top 3 finishers will go on to the WC in Argentina in October ’11.

The budget required for this whole expedition is USD 300k, which includes Training Camp costs as well as the trip to Malaysia itself. We’re currently in discussions with potential sponsors to raise the amount required, but will gladly welcome any personal donations to the fund as well.

A number of our group members had expressed an interest in contributing to the cause & all such infusions will greatly assist us in getting closer to our target. Those of u interested in doing so are welcome to contact me via email & I’ll forward u the account details for the Pakistan Polo Team.

No amount will be considered too great or too small, remember this is for Pakistan, by Pakistan!

PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!!!

Qubilai.

The Peacock Throne

I’m really loving the resurgence of polo in Asia — China, India & Pakistan, and Dubai in particular.  It never really left, of course, but, to many westerners, polo was an ‘English’ game and the fact that they have played for more than 2,000 years throughout South and Central Asia still comes as something of a surprise to neophytes determined to see all sports as western ones.

I hope this interest among the newly-minted millionaires in India and China will lead to the cultivation of new players and new opportunities for mid-level international play via the Federation of International Polo and elsewhere.  Shah Qublai Alam, the son of the great player Rafay Alam  and grandson of Pakistan’s superstar Heskey Baig, is assembling the Pakistan team to make a bid for the FIP World Championship in Brasil.  The team knows it’s a long shot — everything from mounting the team to playing in one of the most politically unstable environments in the world presents a challenge for the players, who are determined to bring something good out of the rubble in Karachi and Lahore and return the game to its glory days.  Traveling through Pakistan, I am always struck by the average man’s familiarity with the game  of polo and interest in it as a traditional sport.  Polo is still covered in the major newspapers and, most importantly, polo is seen as an important part of South Asian life.

Let’s wish them luck.  Pakistan Zindabad!