Training camp for Azlan Shah hockey from April 21

LAHORE: Secretary Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Asif Bajwa said that the traning camp of the national hockey team will begin from April 21 in Karachi.

The camp will be organised for the preparations of the Azlan Shah Hockey Cup tournament which will be held in May.

Talking with media here on Thursday, Asif Bajwa said that the players for the camp of the national team would be selected during the National Hockey Championship to be held from April 3 to 18.

The team management will also be decided during the same period.

He said that captain Zeeshan Ashraf has returned from India and he would play in the national championship.

Bajwa said that Salman Akbarís decision of playing league hockey is his personal matter and the federation cannot stop any player from playing abroad.

He said that report on the reasons behind the teamís poor performance in the hockey World Cup has been sent to the Ministry for Sports and the Senate.

Asif Bajwa said that the Pakistan junior team would be sent on the tour of Europe before the Youth Olympics.