Arch rivals India and Pakistan will take on each other in an all-important pool match of World Hockey League on June 26 at Antwerp, Belgium. For this mouth-watering clash, Start Sports has rolled out a commercial featuring former India cricket team captain Kapil Dev and Pakistan’s former pace sensation Shoaib Akhtar.
The advertisement sees relaxed Kapil tease Shoaib, as India have already qualified for the Rio Olympics 2016, and Pakistan need to finish among top three in the tournament to be eligible for the mega event. While Shoaib seems assured that Pakistan hockey team will book ticket for Olympics, Kapil reminds him it is not that easy and come June 26 all will be clear.
Apart from India, Netherlands, Germany and Argentina have also qualified for Rio Olympics. The last time India and Pakistan met on a hockey field was in Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar. Pakistan emerged victorious by 4-3 in that clash. The game was marred by obscene celebrations by Pakistan players. The green shirts then went on to clinch silver after losing out to Germany in the finals.