LAHORE - Pakistan polo team manager Abdul Qadir Khan Mamdot has said that national team has potential to perform well in the X FIP World Polo Championship to be played in Santiago, Chile from March 20-29 and return as crowned champions.

Speaking at press briefing held here at the Lahore Polo Club (LPC) on Saturday, Mamdot revealed about Pakistan team’s preparation for the mega event and its complete schedule. “I would like to thank Shah Qubilai Alam for his time and effort in preparing the team for the World Polo Championship games, Sufi M Amir for putting his office staff at the disposal of the team and personally supervising over preparation of all the documentation for visa purpose, and Pakistan Polo Association (PPA) chairman Maj Gen Sahibzada Isfandyar Ali Khan Pataudi for not only supporting the team but also having full trust, faith and confidence in it to be crowned world polo champions 2015.”

“I would also like to thank Leisure Club for designing and preparing the team’s uniform and CA for providing the team with training suits and carry bag,” he added.

“On behalf of the PPA and polo team, I would like to express our gratitude and sincere thanks to Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif for their generous financial support,” Mamdot concluded.

In all, six teams will participate in the X FIP World Polo Championship. The teams will be divided into two pools consisting of three teams in each pool and all the teams will play two games each in their respective pools. The two teams with the highest points in each pool will progress to the semi-finals. The winners of semi-finals will play the final, while the losers will play for the third and fourth positions.

From Zone-A, United States of America has qualified for the mega event while from Zone-B, Argentina (defending champions), Brazil and Chile (host nation), from Zone-C, England and from Zone-D, Pakistan team has qualified for the World Cup.  Pakistan team leaves for Santiago, Chile on March 19 where it will play a practice game March 22 while it will play its first match against England on March 25 and second against Chile on March 26. The semi-finals will be held on March 28 and the final on March 29.

Pakistan polo team comprises Saqib Khakwani (captain), Ahmed Ali Tiwana, Raja Samiullah (all handicap four goals) and Bilal Haye (handicap 2 goals). Shah Qubilai Alam is accompanying the team as coach.