ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan hockey team is set to leave for Dhaka, Bangladesh on October 8 for participation in Asia Cup, scheduled to take place from October 11 to 22. Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) secretary general Shahbaz Ahmad Senior said Wednesday that an 18-member Pakistan team would take part in the mega event, while five officials would also accompany the team. Shahbaz said he had high hopes from the team to reach finals of the Asia Cup. â€œAsia Cup would give players exposure and confidence for next yearâ€™s World Cup to be held in India,â€ he added.
â€œNext year the national team will also be sent on tours to Australia and Europe to prepare for the World Cup,â€ he said. Besides Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, China, South Korea, Japan, Oman and Malaysia are also participating in the Asia Cup.
Speaking about the Pakistan Hockey League (PHL), he said the PHL would be held next year with six franchise-based teams to participate in the inaugural edition. â€œPHL will be played from April 24, 2018 in four cities including Karachi, Lahore, Gojra and Faisalabad. Each franchise will have three to four players in the team.â€ Players from Australia, Argentina and other foreign countries will also be participating in the league. â€œBesides providing financial support to the PHF, the league will prove a landmark in regaining lost glory of the national game. We are sure it will help rebuild our supremacy in the game internationally.â€