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.
Pakistan became the 13th team to qualify for next year’s global showpiece after favourable results at the Rabobank EuroHockey Championships, with their seventh place finish at the Hero Hockey World League Semi-Final in London proving good enough. 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.