Pakistan faces India in classification match of world hockey league


LAHORE, June 23 (APP): Pakistan will face arch-rivals India in a
classification match for the positions from fifth to eight of the world hockey league on Saturday at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The green shirts were earlier beaten 7-1 by India in the league pool.
Pakistan exhibited dismal run in the league which is the qualifying
round of the next year’s World Hockey Cup, suffering from three
back-to-back defeats in the league matches as Holland beat them 4-0
with Canada giving them a 6-0 thrashing, followed by loss to India.
Pakistan once the powerhouse of hockey, now a pale shadow of their
glittering past notched up the only win of the World Hockey league by defeating little known Scotland 3-1.
With such a dismal show, Pakistan got into the quarter finals of the
league when Canada which needed a win against Scotland to make it to the quarter finals played a 1-1 draw.
However, in the quarter finals, Pakistan faced mighty Olympic and World
champions, Argentina which beat the green shirts 3-1. In the other quarter finals, Malaysia beat India 3-2, Holland thrashed China 7-0, England beat Canada 4-2.
The number ninth and tenth position in the league has already been
decided as in another classification match, South Korea beat Scotland 6-3.
In another classification match (5th to 8th place) Canada will take on
In the first semi-final, Argentina will face off Malaysia on Saturday
and England will lock horns with Netherlands in the other semi-final on
the same day.
Argentina, Malaysia, Holland and England being the semi-finalist teams
of the league have qualified for the World Cup.