Four-time champion Pakistan is all set to face Germany in their opening match of the hockey world cup on Saturday in Bhubaneswar, India.
The green shirts led by Rizwan Sr are confident enough to compete strongly against sixth-ranked Germany who is looking strong on the page.
Pakistan, who played their last world cup in 2010, will be having a lethal combination of Mubashir Ali, Tauseeq Arshad, Ali Shan, and Mohammad Ateeq who have strong techniques to tackle pressure situations.
It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan failed to qualify for the hockey world cup in 2014 which took place in Netherland.
Experienced Mohammad Irfan Sr and skipper Rizwan will play an important role for Pakistan in a must-win game in order to start their campaign on a high note.
Vice-captain Ammad Shakil Butt and Aleem Bilal will give more power to Pakistan’s squad which is eying to clinch their first match.
Imran Butt and Mazhar Abbas are the choices in goalkeeping department for Pakistan in an all-important tournament.
The team’s vice-captain Butt in a video message from India said that they will try to achieve good results in the tournament and will come back with a good news for the nation.
“We are confident to clinch good results from here and give our nation a moment of pride,” said Butt.
He said that they have planned things accordingly to compete strongly against Germany in their first match of the tournament.
“Germany is a strong side but we will try to give them stiff competition,” he said.
Pakistan team defender Abu Bakar Mahmood in a video message appealed to the nation to pray for their good performance in the world cup.
“We want all of you to pray for our good performance in a much-anticipated event,” he said.
It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan won five of seven matches against Germany in the world cup. They last played in world cup 2002 where Germany beat the green shirts 3-2.