Pakistan hockey team’s stand-in captain, Ammad Butt is confident ahead of the all-important clash against the Netherlands on Sunday that the players will give their best.
Butt has been handed over the captaincy band in absence of Mohammad Rizwan Sr, who fractured his toe in the previous game and has been ruled out of the Hockey World Cup 2018 played at Bhubaneswar, India.
“All the players in the national side will give their best,” said Butt, who aims to win the key contest against the Dutch.
Pakistan have faced the Netherlands ten times in World Cups previously, which include three finals as well. The Men in Green have dominated the opponents on five occasions, while three times Dutch stood victorious, whereas three games ended in a draw.
However, in the current situation, the Netherlands are clear favourites as they are the fourth-ranked side of the world, while Pakistan are struggling, holding 13th position in the world ranking.
Last time the two sides met, the Netherlands defeated Pakistan by 4-0 in a one-sided contest of the Champions Trophy 2018.