ISLAMABAD: A 20-member Pakistan hockey squad reached Amsterdam as part of its 15-day Europe tour.

According to a media release issued by the Pakistan Hockey Federation on Saturday, the national team during the European trip will play six international matches before participating in the Asia Cup being held in Jakarta from May 21.

Prior to the matches, the Pakistan team will train in Belgium for three days. Pakistan will play two matches against the Netherlands on April 26 and 27 in Breda. Then on April 28, the greenshirts will attend a training session in Belgium before playing the only match against the hosts on April 29.

The Pakistan team will leave for Spain on May 1 to play a three-match series against the hosts. All three matches will be played in Barcelona on May 2, 3, and 4.

On May 5, the national team will fly back home.

Head coach Siegfried Aikman in a video statement expressed the optimism that the Pakistan players would perform well during the tour.

“The Europe tour will boost the morale of our players, which is necessary for their outstanding show in the upcoming Asia Cup. The matches can be used to gauge the performance of players,” the coach said.

According to Aikman, the tour will help identify the grey areas of the team.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Akmal and Abdullah Ishtiaq

Defenders: Mubbasher Ali; Amad Butt; Mohammad Abdullah; Arbaz Ali; Mohammad Rizwan and Hammad Anjum

Midfielders: Umar Bhutta (captain); Ali Shaan (vice-captain); Ghazzanfer; Moin Shakeel; Abdul Manan and Junaid Manzoor.

Forwards: Abubaker Mehmood; Roman Khan; Rana Waheed; Hanan Shahid; Salman Razak and Ajaz Manager: Khawaja Junaid.

Officials: Siegfried Aikman (head coach). Assistant coach: Waseem Ahmad (assistant coach), Nadeem Lodhi (video analyst).

Published in Dawn, April 24th, 2022

Opinion

Editorial

Shared goals
Updated 16 Aug, 2022

Shared goals

It is high time that all parties realise that negotiation on the economy does not need to be held hostage to political rivalries.
Making amends?
16 Aug, 2022

Making amends?

WHERE relations with the US are concerned, there has been a distinct shift in Imran Khan’s tone. While the PTI...
Hazardous celebration
16 Aug, 2022

Hazardous celebration

CAN celebratory actions that often result in death or lifelong injuries really be described as such? Be it Eid, New...
Taliban anniversary
15 Aug, 2022

Taliban anniversary

A YEAR ago on this day, the Afghan Taliban rolled into Kabul as the Western-backed government fell like a house of...
Extreme measures
Updated 15 Aug, 2022

Extreme measures

Government has overreacted to a degree that has given ammunition to the PTI to accuse it of ‘fascism’.
A depraved society
15 Aug, 2022

A depraved society

IF the extent of sexual violence against women and children is any measure of a society’s moral degradation, then ...