Pakistan volleyball team qualifies for round of 12 in Asian Games

They topped Group D with two consecutive wins

By Web Desk
September 20, 2023
Pakistan volleyball team. - Volleyball Federation of Pakistan

Pakistan volleyball team topped Group D with their second consecutive win in the Asian Games on Wednesday in Hangzhou, China.

The Green Shirts beat Chinese Taipei in straight sets, 25-18, 25-20, 25-19, and qualified for the round of 12, where they will face one of India, Cambodia or South Korea.

Earlier, Pakistan volleyball team made a winning start in the Asian Games as they beat Mongolia in straight sets, 25-17, 25-19 and 25-20, on Tuesday.

Pakistan dominated the match throughout and comfortably clinched victory.

Pool A consists of hosts China, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan while defending champions Iran have been clubbed in Pool B with Nepal and Bahrain. Korea, India and Cambodia form Pool C, Pool E comprises Qatar, Thailand and Hong Kong while Japan, together with Indonesia, Philippines and Afghanistan form Pool F.

The leading two sides from each pool will advance to the round of 12 with the qualified teams contesting cross matches (B1 v E2, A2 v F1, A1 v F2, B2 v E1, C1 v D2, C2 v D1). The six triumphant teams from here will fight for 1-6 rankings with the remaining six relegating to the 7-12 rankings.

Pakistan’s biggest achievement in the Asian Games volleyball history is their third-place finish in the 1962 Jakarta Asian Games. In the last Asian Games held in Indonesia in 2018 Pakistan finished eighth.

Pakistan squad:

Abdul Zaheer, Hamid Yazman, Farooq Haider, Murad Khan, Murad Jehan, Mohammad Hammad, Musawar Khan, Nasir Ali, Usman Faryad Ali, Mubashar Raza (captain), Mohammad Kashif Naved, Afaq Khan; Officials: Issanaye Ramires Ferraz (coach), Naseer Ahmed, Ihsan Iqbal, Armin Golkari (video analyst), Lucas Ferreira Rodrigues (trainer), Saeed Ahmed Khan (manager).