KARACHI: The Pakistan national hockey team has completed the final phase of the training camp and is all geared up to feature in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, scheduled to be played from April 6 in Malaysia.
While the team was supposed to play three test matches against Pakistan’s junior side before leaving for Malaysia, the bomb blasts in Lahore led to the cancellation of the matches, informed the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) in a statement.
“Due to the uncertain situation resulting from the attacks on the innocent people in Lahore and the three-day mourning period announced by the government, the three-match series between the senior and the junior sides has been cancelled,” read the PHF statement.
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Despite the team lacking match-practice, coach Khawaja Junaid is confident of a strong team performance.
“The team has completed its final phase of training. While the matches would have improved the chemistry of the team, I am satisfied with their form at the moment,” Junaid told The Express Tribune.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 29th, 2016.
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