OMAN: India and Pakistan were declared as the joint winners of the fifth edition of the men’s Asian Champions Trophy here on Sunday after the final match was abandoned due to bad weather condition.
The match was delayed due to heavy rain, even though the skies relented later. But the damage had already happened, the turf was completely waterlogged. After discussion with India and Pakistan coaches, the tournament director decided to declare both the teams as joint winners.
“India and Pakistan have been declared as joint winners of the Hero Asian Champions Trophy 2018 due to the Final being forfeited.”, Hockey India tweeted.
India, thus, remained unbeaten in the tournament having topped the round robin stages with 13 points, courtesy four wins and a draw out of their five games.
Pakistan ended the round robin stages on the second spot with 10 points. India had earlier defeated Pakistan 3-1 in the round robin stage.
It was the 176th meeting between India and Pakistan in the game of hockey and second in the 2018 edition of the competition.
Prior to the 2018 edition, India and Pakistan had won the tournament twice each.
India came into the tournament this year as defending champions having won the last edition in 2016 after their title triumph in the inaugural edition in 2011. India have finished runners-up once in 2012.
Pakistan won the title twice in 2012 and 2013 besides finishing runners-up in 2011 and 2016.