Pakistan desperate for more games before Asia Cup hockey

January 13th, 2009 - 7:01 pm ICT by IANS  

Karachi, Jan 13 (IANS) Pakistan’s hockey officials are making desperate attempts to line up quality matches for the national team in a bid to prepare it for the Asia Cup in Dubai in May.After pulling out of a four-nation hockey tournament in India because of the prevailing Indo-Pak tensions over November’s terror attacks in Mumbai, Pakistan invited Malaysia for a Test series in February.

However, the Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) rejected the invitation saying that it cannot send an under-trained team to Pakistan.

Following MHF refusal, Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) officials are planning to send similar invitations to three other Asian teams - South Korea, Japan and China - for a Test series at home.

PHF secretary Asif Bajwa said that the Asia Cup is an important event for Pakistan and the federation wants to send a fully prepared squad to Dubai. The winner of the Asia Cup will earn a direct berth in the 2010 Hockey World Cup to be held in India.

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