Ipoh: Pakistan has beaten Canada by 3-1 in inagural match of 25th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Malaysia here on Wednesday.
Three matches are scheduled for the first day of the tournament.
Mohammad Qadir scored two goals in the first half of the match.
Pakistan has won Azlan Shah Tournament thrice earlier, 1998, 2000 and 2003.
Pakistan maintained the lead till the end and won the match.
In the next two encounters, India will take on Japan before New Zealand clash with the host nation.
Australia, Japan, India, New Zealand, Canada, Pakistan and host Malaysia are competing in the annual hockey cup.