Pakistan hockey team have qualified for the World Cup 2018 notwithstanding their bad performance in Hockey World League where they finished in the seventh spot.
— FIH (@FIH_Hockey) August 23, 2017
Pakistan’s qualification was only ensured due to the results of the European Hockey Championship that is being held in Amsterdam, Netherlands. All four semifinalists of this competition have already secured their berths in the World Cup.
According to the rules of Fédération Internationale de Hockey (International Hockey Federation/FIH), the place in World Cup goes to the team with a highest-ranked finish in the Hockey World League semifinals without having already secured the spot, which in this case is Pakistan.