Pak team to visit India in April Bilateral series

LAHORE : Pakistan hockey team will visit India from April 5 as a part of a bilateral hockey series which has been revived after seven years. This was stated by Secretary, Pakistan Hockey Federation Asif Bajwa at a news conference here on Monday after his return from Malaysia to attend a meeting of Asian  hockey Federation.

He said the series which was last played in year 2006 has been revived to serve the cause of hockey in the region.

In the frist leg we will travelling to India then the Indian team will visit Pakistan from April 23 for a similar visit ,he said. Five matches will be played in India and similar matches in Pakistan, Bajwa said.

Pak team wil play matches in Ranchi, Lucknow, New Delhi, Mohali, Jalandhar while the venues of matches in Pakistan are Faisalabad, Karachi, Sialkot and Lahore which will hosting two matches at night.

PHF official said all the details of the series were finalized at meeting with the Indian officials of Hockey India on the side lines of the AHF meeting.

“It is a very positive break through and we believe with the resumption of this series we will be able to explore more avenues to play two on regular basis in near future, ” he said.

Bajwa said PHF is very delighted that the series has finally been revived and the Indian Government has granted permission to its team to travel to Pakistan.

“We will announce the final dates of the matches in a few days time after consulting our media partners in both the countries,”he said.

He said they will hosting two matches at Lahore under lights for the entertainment of fans to watch the game in their leisure time.  Bajwa sounded confident when asked about the success of this series. ” It is going  to be a very interesting hockey event which has been long awaited in both  countries and with such a series we will be able to further add to our good hockey relations with India.” ,he maintained.

He said the AHF meeting made various amendments in its constitution in line with the constitution of international hockey federation. It is proposed in the amendments that no individual above the age of 70 years can contest for any post in AFH and there is restriction of contesting for a office for a third successive term.

He said Pakistan’s youthful player Mohammad Rizwan has been declared the best youth player of the AHF which has praised the hockey structure in Pakistan based on its academies. ” It is a role model concept for the hockey developing nations, “said Bajwa.