Coming on the back of a gold-medal winning performance by the national team at the recently-concluded Asian Games, the PHF looks set to revive the national game. —AFP Photo
Coming on the back of a gold-medal winning performance by the national team at the recently-concluded Asian Games, the PHF looks set to revive the national game. —AFP Photo
LAHORE: The Pakistan Hockey Federation plans to organise an international-level hockey league in Dubai next year, its Secretary Asif Bajwa revealed on Monday. “We are sorting out the necessary modalities to stage a world-class event which will feature foreign players as well as local (Pakistani) talent,” Bajwa told APP.

All participating teams in the World PHF Super League will be required to include six foreign players from various hockey-playing nations, in order to keep the teams equally balanced.

“The participation of foreign players will make the competition thrilling and competitive,” the former Olympian added.

The event is set to be organised at the Dubai Sports City International Hockey Stadium, which can accommodate up to 7000 spectators.

The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) is currently discussing the idea with several hockey-playing nations and has requested them to send their players for the proposed international-level tournament.

Coming on the back of a gold-medal winning performance by the national team at the recently-concluded Asian Games, the PHF looks set to revive the national game.

Bajwa expressed the hope that the now suspended Pakistan-India hockey series will be revived next year as both the hockey federations are keen on organising the bilateral series again.

“We have been working on different options and we may have this event in Dubai, Malaysia, Doha or at either team’s home venues,” he said.

Bajwa said PHF will ensure the participation of the national team in international events including the Azlan Shah Cup, tour of Europe and Champions Challenge Cup which will be played in November-December next year in South Africa as a qualifying round for the FIH Champions Trophy.

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