New Delhi, August 28 The Indian men’s hockey team will start playing in the Asian Hockey 5s World Cup Qualifier against Bangladesh in Salalah, Oman on Tuesday. India is in a group with Malaysia, Pakistan, Japan, Oman, and Bangladesh, while another group has Hong Kong China, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, and Iran. After the first match against Bangladesh, India will play against Oman and Pakistan on August 30 and then against Malaysia and Japan on August 31. India needs to be one of the top three teams in order to qualify for the 2024 FIH Hockey 5s World Cup. It’s important to mention that 16 countries will be participating in the global event next year. India captain Mandeep Mor emphasized the importance of the competition. “For every player, the biggest dream is always to represent the nation at the World Cup. This tournament is very important to us because we want to qualify directly for the 2024 FIH Hockey 5s World Cup and have the chance to play on the biggest stage.