Skipper Muhammad Rizwan Senior said that Kalinga has been a happy hunting ground for Pakistan in the past. (Hockey India twitter)
The Pakistan hockey team players on Saturday said they were looking forward to play at the “lucky” Kalinga Stadium, venue for the World Cup.
The team received a warm reception at the Wagah Border earlier in the day for the much-awaited showpiece.
“We have come here before and we have always enjoyed playing at this venue. It is a lucky ground for us and we are very excited to be back,” said skipper Muhammad Rizwan Senior on the team’s arrival at the Biju Patnaik International Airport.
Speaking of the ‘Pool of Death’, Hasan Sardar, the legendary centre forward and team manager of Pakistan team said, “With Germany, the Netherlands, Malaysia in our pool, it is a pool of death and every single match will matter.
“We will need to play it like it is a knockout in every single game. First match is against Germany and we are targeting a win against them. I would like to wish all participating teams the very best.”