Pakistan’s hockey chief selector, Islahuddin announced 18-member squad on Wednesday for the upcoming World Cup after consulting the team management.
The chief selector sounded optimistic ahead of the multi-nation hockey event, which is to be played in India from November 28 to December 16.
“We have our opening game against Germany, our team has got the potential to beat them,” said Islahuddin.
The squad is comprised of the captain Rizwan Sr, vice-captain Imad Shakil, Imran Butt, Mazhar Abbas, Irfan Sr, Aleem Bilal, Mubashir Ali, Tauseeq Arshad, Ali Shan, Mohammad Ateeq, Irfan Jr, Abu Bakar and Aijaz Ahmed. There are other reserve players.
President Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Brig (r) Khalid Khokhar revealed that despite the tournament is hosted by the arch-rivals India, they did not face any difficulty in getting visas.
Moreover, he addressed the problem of financial constraints and said that they have talked to the players about the problem.
“If Pakistan is able to win the World Cup, it will revive hockey in the country,” said President. “The government did not help us, but we have convinced our players despite the issues.”