Malaysia come into the Rabobank Hockey World Cup as the number 2-ranked team in Asia. Their best finish in a World Cup was fourth place in 1975, but after taking second place in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in 2013 and beating their local Asian rivals soundly in recent warm-up matches, the Malaysians will be hoping to perform well in the Hague.
Placed 13th in the World Hockey Rankings, Malaysia hockey is looking to improve upon that position, and the national hockey confederation is heading a big push to develop hockey at junior and international level. Despite cuts to their funding, the national team's preparations for their Dutch endeavours will be thorough. Sharun Nabil and his team will be competing in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup and the FIH Champions Challenge 1 as they prepare to bring 'national glory to Malaysia.'