India and Pakistan will renew their fierce rivalry at the men’s Hockey World League semi-final event in London this year after the two nations were drawn together in Pool B for the tournament at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.

Matches between the countries have often been feisty affairs, particularly at the 2014 Champions Trophy in Bhubaneswar, India, where Pakistan upset their opponents with overly-wild celebrations after earning victory over the hosts.

Tensions further had been escalated off the field after the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) blamed their Indian counterparts for being thrown out men’s Junior Hockey World Cup in Lucknow. 

Pakistani players had taken off their shirts and made obscene gestures at the crowd after winning the semi-final against India in 2014. Following the match, Pakistan and India’s hockey relations have soured.

Last meet:

The two sides last faced off at the Asian Champions Trophy in Kuantan in Malaysia in October as India emerged with a narrow 3-2 victory and no issues were reported.

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