LAHORE – Pakistan became the 13th team to qualify for next year’s hockey World Cup, slated to be held in India from 28 November to 16 December.

Pakistan qualified for the World Cup despite the poor show in Hockey World League – thanks to the results of the ongoing European Hockey Championship.

The Green Shirts – currently holding the 14th position in the world rankings – finished seventh in the FIH Hockey World League semi final, held in London, and anxiously waited to see if their performance was good enough to let them be a part of the blue riband event.

Pakistan will join for the next year’s global showpiece, host nation India, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, Malaysia, Netherlands, Spain, and New Zealand.

This is a welcome return to World Cup action for the famous hockey playing nation, following their failure to qualify for the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 that was played in The Hague, Netherlands.