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BHUBANESWAR – The 14th edition of the Men’s Hockey World Cup is all set start in Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar, India.

The mega event will begin on November 28 and will go on till December 16. Sixteen top teams of the hockey nations are divided into a pool of four.

Pakistan – who are ranked 13th on FIH rankings are placed on Poll D alongside Netherlands, Germany, and Malaysia – will kick off their campaign on December 1 against Germany.

Muhammad Rizwan Senior will lead the side while Ammad Shakeel Butt has been named as his deputy for the 19 days event.

The first match will be between Canada and Belgium.

The country finishing top of the pool will directly qualify for the quarterfinals while the team placing second and third will play the crossover matches for a place in the last-eight stage. Teams ending last in their respective pool will be eliminated.

POOLS:

Pool A: Argentina, New Zealand, Spain, France
Pool B: Australia, England, Ireland, China
Pool C: Belgium, India, Canada, South Africa
Pool D: Netherlands, Germany, Malaysia, Pakistan

Full Hockey World Cup 2018 Schedule & Time:

Wednesday, 28 November
Match 1 – Pool C- Belgium vs Canada – 4:30 pm
Match 2 – Pool C – India v South Africa- 6:30 pm

Thursday, 29 November
Match 3 – Pool A – Argentina vs Spain – 4:30 pm
Match 4 – Pool A – New Zealand vs France- 6:30 pm

Friday, 30 November
Match 5 – Pool B – Australia vs Ireland- 4:30 pm
Match 6 – Pool B – England vs China- 6:30 pm

Saturday, 1 December
Match 7 – Pool D – Netherlands vs Malaysia- 4:30 pm
Match 8 – Pool D – Germany vs Pakistan- 4:30 pm

Sunday, 2 December
Match 9 – Pool C – Canada vs South Africa- 4:30 pm
Match 10 – Pool C – India vs Belgium- 6:30 pm

Monday, 3 December
Match 11 – Pool A – Spain vs France- 4:30 pm
Match 12 – Pool A – New Zealand vs Argentina- 6:30 pm

Tuesday, 4 December
Match 13 – Pool B – England vs Australia- 4:30 pm
Match 14 – Pool B – Ireland vs China- 6:30 pm

Wednesday, 5 December
Match 15 – Pool D – Germany vs Netherlands- 4:30 pm
Match 16 – Pool D – Malaysia vs Pakistan- 4:30 pm

Thursday, 6 December
Match 17 – Pool A – Spain vs New Zealand- 4:30 pm
Match 18 – Pool A – Argentina vs France- 6:30 pm

Friday, 7 December
Match 19 – Pool B – Australia vs China- 4:30 pm
Match 20 – Pool B – Ireland vs England- 6:30 pm

Saturday, 8 December
Match 21 – Pool C – Belgium vs South Africa- 4:30 pm
Match 22 – Pool C – Canada vs India- 6:30 pm

Sunday, 9 December
Match 23 – Pool D – Malaysia vs Germany- 4:30 pm
Match 24 – Pool D – Netherlands vs Pakistan – 6:30 pm

Monday, 10 December
Match 25 – Crossover – 2nd Pool A vs 3rd Pool B- 4:15 pm
Match 26 – Crossover – 2nd Pool B vs 3rd Pool A- 6:30 pm

Tuesday, 11 December
Match 27 – Crossover – 2nd Pool C vs 3rd Pool D- 4:15 pm
Match 28 – Crossover – 2nd Pool D vs 3rd Pool C- 6:30 pm

Wednesday, 12 December
Match 29 – Quarterfinal – 1st Pool A vs Winner Match 26- 4:15 pm
Match 30 – Quarterfinal – 1st Pool B vs Winner Match 25- 6:30 pm

Thursday, 13 December
Match 31 – Quarterfinal – 1st Pool C vs Winner Match 28- 4:15 pm
Match 32 – Quarterfinal – 1st Pool D vs Winner Match 27- 6:30 pm

Friday, 14 December – No match

Saturday, 15 December
Match 33 – Semifinal – Winner Match 29 vs Winner Match 32- 3:30 pm
Match 34 – Semifinal – Winner Match 30 vs Winner Match 31- 6:00 pm

Sunday, 16 December
Match 35 – 3rd/4th place playoff – Loser Match 33 vs Loser Match 34- 4:00 pm
Match 36 – Final – Winner Match 33 vs Winner Match 34- 6:30 pm

Live Goal Score & Live Streaming:

The broadcasting rights for the Hockey World Cup 2018 in India are with Star Network. The live streaming of the series will be available on the broadcaster’s official online streaming platform, Hotstar. You can find the live score and live streaming on dailypakistan.com.pk

Pakistan Team:

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

Manager: Hassan Sardar
Head Coach: Tauqeer Dar
Coach: Rehan Butt & Danish Kaleem

Video Analyst: Nadeem Lodhi
Physiotherapist: Waqas Mehmood