Pakistan hockey team will depart to play world cup qualifying round in London. Pakistan recently played a three match series against Ireland in Ireland where they lost a series by 2-0. The first match ended up in a draw 2-2. Ireland won the second and third match by the same score line that is 3-2 to wrap up the series 2-0. Former Olympian Tariq Zaman said: “Pakistan did play well on the series against Ireland but I’m hopeful our team would do well in WHL semifinal and would qualify for the world cup.”
As Tahir Zaman instructed Pakistan team to focus on qualifying round instead of particularly focusing on the Indo-Pak clash. He added: “It will be a game of nerves but I’m optimistic that Pakistan would come out victorious in the match.” Recently Pakistan cricket team lost to India in the Champions Trophy 2017, so fans are now expecting hockey team to defeat India in Hockey world cup qualifier. Pakistan must have to take each and every match seriously as it’s the last chance for the team to qualify for the world cup.
Pakistan is the most successful team with four titles in 1971, 1978, 1982 and 1994. And now they are going to play qualifying round. Captain Haseem Khan is satisfied with his players and hopeful to perform well in qualifying round. He said; “We will not disappoint the nation and try to book berth on the next year’s world cup. We have a blend of youth and experience, while boys are determined to excel.”
The qualifying round will commence from June 15 to 25. 10 teams are placed in two pools.
Netherlands June 15
Canada June 16
India June 18
Scotland June 19
Quarterfinals will start on June 22, semifinals on 24 and final June 25.
Abdul Haseem Khan is leading the team with Umar Bhutta as vice captain. Remaining squad includes Amjad Ali, Mazhar Abbas, Nawaz Ashfaq, Aleem Bilal, Muhammad Abu Bakar Mahmood, Ammad Shakeel Butt, Muhammad Irfan jr, Muhammad Atif Mushtaq, Tasawar Abbas, Ajaz Ahmad, Muhammad Azfar Yaqoob, Umair Sarfaraz.