The Pakistan Hockey Team arrived from Lahore to Wagah via road and then transited through Amritsar and Delhi airports, for the much-awaited Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018
Pakistan’s ace goalkeeper Imran Butt said that all players are working hard to perform well at the World Cup.
He said World Cup is the biggest event of hockey and that he would decide about his international career after the event. Pakistan finished 12th in the 2010 World Cup and failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.
Determined to do something big in the event.
“This tournament holds very important to us. Pakistan is playing the World Cup after 8 long years. Also, four to five experienced players would be playing their last World Cup.” said Imran.
Germany, Holland and Malaysia tough opponents.
“The team is a good blend of some senior and junior players. Our first aim is to qualify for the quarter-finals because our pool is very tough. We will not come under pressure against any team. We have been playing tough hockey.” he said.
Exposure and experience of Champions Trophy, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and Asian Champions Trophy helped a lot.
“We have played recently against Australia, Belgium, Argentina, India, Malaysia, Canada and Japan. We learnt a lot in these matches and our confidence is high,” Imran said
Pakistan sit in Group D with Germany, Malaysia and the Netherlands.
Pakistan men’s team for the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018:
Imran Butt, Mazhar Abbas,Mohd. Irfan (Sr), Aleem Bilal, Mubashar Ali, Tauseeq Arshad, Tasawwar Abbas, Rashid Mahmood, Ajaz Ahmed, Ammad Shakeel Butt, Mohd. Irfan (Jr.), Mohd. Rizwan (Sr.), Ali Shan, Faisal Qadir, Abubakr Mahmood, Umar Bhutta, Atiq Arshad, Mohammad Zubair