Sunil Chhetri’s brace helped India lift the trophy in the inaugural edition. © AFP
AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das said the forthcoming tourney would be an “acid test” for the Blue Tigers ahead of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers, which begins in September 2019.
“The AIFF and its partner FSDL (Football Sports Development Limited) have finalised an annual calendar for the men’s national team. In June, the national team is scheduled to participate in the King’s Cup in Thailand, where we play Curacao in our first match, and then either Vietnam or Thailand. These matches will hold us in good stead for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers,” he said.
All the four teams will be playing each other in a round robin phase, with the top two teams qualifying for the final.