Pakistan hockey team will reach India to participate in the World Cup on November 24, Saturday after a slight delay in issuance of visas of head coach Tauqeer Dar, assistant coach Danish Kaleem and Muhammad Irfan Jr.
“Three members of our contingent still have not got the visas. It makes no sense to send the contingent in two batches,” Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) secretary-general Shahbaz Ahmad said on Monday.
The World Cup will be played in India, Bhubaneswar from November 28th, whereas the Men in Green will kick off their campaign on December 1 against Germany.
Shahbaz Ahmed said that he did not want his team to be homesick, so the slight delay was not an issue.
“Also, there is no point coming earlier when our match is on December 1. We also decided to postpone our departure so that the boys don’t feel homesick,” he added.