LAHORE: Pakistan hockey squad has been announced for the Commonwealth Games here on Tuesday while Zeeshan Ashraf has been retained as captain after he was declared fit to play.

Kashif Javed has also been included in the team after he cleared the fitness test.

The team will leave for New Delhi tomorrow to participate in the Commonwealth Games.

The team consists of Zeeshan Ashraf (captain), Imran Shah, Mohammad Imran, Mohammad Irfan, Kashif Javed, Waseem Ahmed, Fareed Ahmed, Mohammad Rasheed, Waqas Sharif, Shakeel Abbasi, Shafqat Rasool, Rehan Butt, Haseem Khan, Mohammad Rizwan, Omer Bhutta, Tauseeq Ahmed.

Pakistan has been placed in Pool A in the tournament along with defending champions Australia, Scotland, hosts India and Malaysia.

The national team will play their first match against Scotland on October 5 and face their rivals India on October 10.

Fullback Zeeshan Ashraf, who also led Pakistan in the World Cup and had to come out of
retirement, was declared fit after suffering a hamstring injury during the team's preparatory tour of the Netherlands earlier this month.

Chief selector Hanif Khan confident the demons of New Delhi will not haunt the squad.

Pakistan finished runners-up to Australia at the last Commonwealth Games, held in Melbourne in 2006.

The Pakistan team recorded its worst finish in the World Cup in March this year, after playing at the same venue where they will compete in the Games' 10-team field hockey competition.

Since the World Cup flop, Pakistan has hired Dutch coach Michel van den Heuvel, who has been looking after the preparations for the past four months.