Pakistan hockey team thrashed Bangladesh in their first match of Hockey Asia Cup by defeating the latter by 7 goals to nill at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium in Dhaka on Wednesday.

Abu Bakar Mahmood led the team to victory with a hat-trick, while Ammad Shakeel Butt and Arsalan Qadir also contributed to Pakistan’s extraordinary win.

Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) secretary general Shahbaz Ahmad Senior said he had high hopes for the team to reach finals of the Asia Cup.

“Asia Cup would give players exposure and confidence for next year’s World Cup to be held in India. Next year the national team will also be sent on tours to Australia and Europe to prepare for the World Cup,” he said.

Pakistan’s next match will be against Japan on October 13.Pakistan and India will face off on October 15. Bangladesh, India, China, South Korea, Japan, Oman and Malaysia are also participating in the Asia Cup.


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