Pakistan hockey team will face Ireland in a three-match series at Lisnagarvey early next month. This series will form part of Pakistan’s preparations for the Hockey World League semifinal round, being played from June 15 in London. Hockey World League will also serve as World Cup qualifying tournament.
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Pakistan is currently ranked 13th in the world – four spots behind Ireland. But this series will be an important test for the Green Shirts and will provide them experience and exposure of the European conditions. Hopefully this will be an exciting match series for the fans.
Speaking about the upcoming fixtures, Irish head coach Craig Fulton said:” We’re very pleased to be welcoming Pakistan to Belfast for a three-match series at the beginning of June. It will be great to play in front of a home crowd and play against a skilled team who are gearing up for their own World League campaign in London.”
Last time the two sides met at World Hockey League in Antwerp 2015 where Alan Sothern’s drag flick gave Ireland a vital 1-0 win, a result that confirmed Ireland’s participation in Rio Olympics. That stunning 0-1 defeat at the hands of Ireland – ranked at world No 14 at that time – quashed Pakistan’s hopes to make it to the next year’s Rio Olympics.
FIXTURES IRELAND VS PAKISTAN IN LISNAGARVEY HOCKEY CLUB
First Test: Thursday 1st June
Second Test: Saturday 3rd June
Third Test: Sunday 4th June