Hockey world cup kicks off with glittering opening ceremony


The 14th edition of the hockey world cup kicked off after a glittering ceremony held at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar on Tuesday.

Famous Bollywood stars including Shahrukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit and AR Rehman performed at the ceremony in a jam-packed stadium.

The captains of all sixteen teams did march-past and got cheered by 10,000 crazy hockey fans who attended the ceremonial.

It is pertinent to mention here that Belgium will face Canada in the opening match of the tournament on November 28 followed by the second match of the day between India and South Africa.

Pakistan will start their campaign taking on 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 Pakistan.

Pakistan Squad:

Imran Butt, Mazhar Abbas, M.Irfan Sr, Aleem Bilal, Mubashar Ali, M.Tauseeq Arshad, Tasawwar Abbas, Rashid Mahmood Ajaz Ahmed, Ammad Shakeel Butt, M.Irfan Jr, Rizwan Sr (C), Ali Shan, Faisal Qadir, Abubakr Mahmood, Umar Bhutta, M.Atiq Arshad, Mohammad Zubai.