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Qatar will get the first action of the FIFA World Cup it hosts in about three-and-half years’ time on June 11 after it was announced that Pakistan will play the home leg of its first-round qualifier for the 2022 showpiece against Cambodia in Doha.
An initial squad list has been submitted by Pakistan to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for next month’s 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup first-round qualifier against Cambodia although there remains doubt how the team will actually play.
The players are hoping to play. But even after the draw, there remain huge doubts whether they will be able to play. If they aren’t, Pakistan will go out of the race for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the 2023 AFC Asian Cup without even kicking a ball.