Pakistan men have an enviable record in World Cup competition, having lifted the famous trophy on a record four occasions as well as twice claiming the silver medal. The Green Shirts were victorious at the 1971, 1978, 1982 and 1994 events, with their four titles being one more than three time winners Netherlands and Australia.
Administered by the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF), the Pakistan National Hockey Team has been a member of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) since 1948 and also a founding member of the Asian Hockey Federation (ASHF) which formed in 1958. With 53 victories in 84 matches played, seven time draws, six appearances in the finals and only 24 losses, Pakistan has the best overall performance in World Cup history in both proportional and absolute terms.
Pakistan national team has played in all FIH World Cup editions with only one absence in 2014. It is a welcome return to World Cup action for this famous hockey playing nation, following their failure to qualify for the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 which took place in The Hague, Netherlands. They will be determined to make the most of their opportunity in Bhubaneswar.
Here are the 19 players to be included in the Pakistan Men’s Hockey Core Team for the World Cup 2018:
- Head coach : Mr. Tauqeer Ahmad Dar
- Assistant coach : Muhammad Danish Kaleem, Rehan Butt
- Manager : Hassan Sardar
|1||Muhammad Irfan Sr. (Captain)||Toba Tek Singh||Defender (Full Back)|
|2||Amjad Ali||Toba Tek Singh||Goalkeeper|
|4||Abu Bakar Mahmood||Faisalabad||Defender|
|5||Ammad Shakeel Butt||Sialkot||Defender|
|6||Mubashar Ali||Toba Tek Singh||Defender(Left Full Back)|
|7||Muhammad Aleem Bilal||Toba Tek Singh||Defender|
|8||Muhammad Faisal Qadir||Dera Ghazi Khan||Defender|
|9||Muhammad Rizwan Jr.||Gojra||Defender (Half Back)|
|11||Muhammad Toseeq Arshad||Bahawalpur||Mid Fielder|
|12||Ali Shan||Kasur||Forward (Left Out)|
|14||Saran Bin Qamar||Multan||Forward|
|15||Ajaz Ahmad||Faisalabad||Striker (Left Out)|
|16||Muhammad Atiq Arshad||Toba Tek Singh||Striker (Left In)|
|17||Muhammad Rizwan Sr.||Toba Tek Singh||Striker (Left In)|
|18||Muhammad Umar Bhutta||Bahawalpur||Striker (Right In)|
Additional Squad Players
Mazhar Abbas (goal keeper), Nawaz Ashfaq, Muhammad Atif Mushtaq, Muhammad Irfan Jr., Rashid Mahmood, Muhammad Azfar Yaqoob, Arslan Qadir.
Muhammad Irfan, Munawwaruz Zaman, Tariq Mehmood, Shahbaz Ahmed, Tariq Imran, Tanvir Dar, Lala Abdul Rashid, Ali Iqtidar Shah Dara, Munir Dar, Jack Britto, Aleem Raza, Tariq Aziz, Sohail Abbas, Mansoor Ahmed, Ahmed Alam, Haider Hussain, Hassan Sardar, Samiullah Khan, Kaleemullah Khan, Shahid Ali Khan, Manzoor Hussain, Maqsood Hussain, Mahmood Hussain, Shahnaz Sheikh, Mohammed Saqlain, Zeeshan Ashraf, Muhammad Waqas, Nasir Ali, Tariq Sheikh, Zakir Hussain, Saleem Sherwani, Asif Bajwa, Kamran Ashraf, Islah-ud-din, Waseem Feroz, Anis Ahmed, Zahid , irzada, Hanif Khan, Naseer Bunda, Akhtar Rasool, Rehan Butt, Saeed Anwar, Khalid Mahmood, Shakeel Abbasi, Muhammad Rizwan Jr., Khalid Hamid.