Belgium will lock horns with Canada today in the opening match of the Odisha World Cup 2018.
Belgium bagged silver by finishing second behind Argentina at the Rio Olympics while the Canadians ended up second from the bottom by virtue of a single point earned via a 2-2 draw against the Indians.
The 14th edition of the hockey World Cup kicked off yesterday after a glittering ceremony held at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar where famous Bollywood stars including Shahrukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit and AR Rehman performed in a jam-packed stadium.
A total of 16 teams all around the world are participating in the tournament.
Pakistan will play its first match against Germany on December 1 followed by the second clash against Malaysia on December 5.
Rizwan Sr will lead the four-time world champion Pakistan in all important tournament as they were not the part of the World Cup in 2014.