Pakistan to play Italy tomorrow in WC Hockey Qualifying Round

PARIS: The World Cup Hockey Qualifying Round will begin tomorrow in France where Pakistan will play their first match against Italy.

The first World Cup Hockey Qualifying Round is being started at Lille, a city of France on Saturday and three matches will be played on first day.

The first match will be played between Japan and Russia while Pakistan will face Italy in the second and the third match will be held between France and Poland.

The winners of the tournament will be eligible to participate in the World Cup, to be held next year in India.

Pakistan are being considered favorite team in the qualifying round.

However, Pakistan team coach Shahid Ali Khan said though Pakistan team is better then other teams participating in the tournament but it would take its match seriously against each country.