Karachi – 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.
The omens aren’t good unless the dispute over the control of the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) is resolved. For now, though, Pakistan are slated to play Cambodia over two legs in June in the first qualifying round of Asia’s marathon qualifiers for the World Cup and the Asian Cup.