India and Malaysia are the two Asian countries shortlisted by the international hockey federation (FIH) to host the men's World Cup in 2018. The FIH executive Board, on Saturday, has also picked Australia, Belgium, England and New Zealand as possible hosts. India last hosted the World Cup in 2010 in New Delhi. A final decision is expected on November 8.
According to the FIH website, the expressions of interest received for the World Cups were part of the larger Event Assignment Process launched by FIH at the FIH Congress in November 2012 to assign the unallocated events for the period of 2014 to 2018 before the end of this year.
Apart from the World Cups, there was also keen interest on the junior World Cups 2017 and a new type of "Champions Event", but particularly for the World League semifinals which will serve as the main Olympic qualifying event in 2015 and the main World Cup qualifying event in 2017.