LAHORE: Holland hockey team refused to play at home ground against Pakistan during the Europe tour, despite hectic efforts by the Pakistan Hockey Federation.
The decision would affect the preparations of the national team for Beijing Olympics, which will be devoid of playing against the top class rivals.
Pakistan hockey team would leave for Malaysia via Abu Dhabi on May 5 for Sultan Azlan Shah Cup at Ipoh. The team will leave for Europe tour to Germany on May 18. Pakistan team will play against Germany, France, Belgium and Ireland during the tour that will be concluded on June 16.
But, Holland have refused to play at home ground against Pakistan during the Europe tour, despite hectic efforts by the PHF. According to sources, the Dutch side declined to play due to the Champions Trophy event that will be held at Rotterdam.