Pak­istan to tour Aus­tralia in Nov this year: PHF

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Na­tional se­nior team would visit Aus­tralia in Novem­ber this year, sec­re­tary of the Pak­istan Hockey Fed­er­a­tion (PHF) Shah­baz Ahmed Se­nior said to­day.

Ac­cord­ing to Shah­baz, the PHF was striv­ing to give max­i­mum pos­si­ble in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure to both se­nior and ju­nior teams and in this re­gard, he added, "we want the ju­nior team should get proper ex­po­sure well be­fore the Ju­nior World Cup" to be hosted by In­dia in De­cem­ber this year. Com­ment­ing on the se­nior team's pro­posed visit to Aus­tralia, the PHF of­fi­cial ap­pre­ci­ated the sup­port of­fered by Hockey Aus­tralia which has promised to pro­vide free board­ing and lodg­ing fa­cil­i­ties to the Pak­istan squad on the tour Down Un­der.

On the fi­nan­cial side, the PHF sec­re­tary stated the fed­er­a­tion was ready to give full de­tails of its mat­ters to to the govern­ment, ac­knowl­edg­ing it was right to get th­ese mat­ters checked by the govern­ment. An­nounc­ing that the se­nior team would par­tic­i­pate in the 25th Sul­tan Azlan Shah Hockey Cup in April this year, Shah­baz said the Malaysian Hockey Con­fed­er­a­tion (MHC) had ex­tended in­vi­ta­tion to the PHF for the said event.

"Play­ing in the Sul­tan Azlan Shah Cup will give more ex­po­sure and ex­pe­ri­ence to our play­ers." He lamented that lack of funds didn't al­low the PHF to send its team on for­eign tours. "[How­ever], now the sit­u­a­tion will soon im­prove as far as in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure to the ju­nior and se­nior teams is con­cerned," Shah­baz added.

Mean­while, shed­ding light on the ef­forts to re­store in­ter­na­tional in Pak­istan Shah­baz said ef­forts were be­ing made to in­vite teams like China, Malaysia to play Test matches in Pak­istan. In this re­gard, he added, PHF pres­i­dent re­tired Brig Khalid Khokhar had been work­ing tire­lessly. "The PHF pres­i­dent has held sev­eral meet­ings with mem­bers of the AHF and the FIH and all of them want to sup­port Pak­istan hockey," Shah­baz con­cluded.

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