Senior versus junior series expected: Sheikh

National hockey teams to square up against each in September.

Nabil Tahir July 22, 2014

KARACHI: The senior and junior national teams of Pakistan hockey are expected take on each other in four- to six-match series during the first week of September.

Senior team’s head coach Shahnaz Sheikh told The Express Tribune that he has submitted a proposal to Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Secretary Rana Mujahid for the series.

He said that he has suggested four- to six-match series between the two teams.

“I have submitted the proposal for the series and I am quite hopeful of getting approval,” said Sheikh.

Sheikh said that the series between the two teams will be good for Pakistan senior’s team in the Asian Games, where they will be defending their crown.

“The series will also enable the junior team to raise its game,” said Sheikh, who has represented Pakistan in the 1971, 1975 and 1978 World Cups.

It was Pakistan junior team coach Manzoorul Hasan who originally suggested the series between the two sides during the junior training camp last month.

On the other hand, when Mujahid was asked about the series, he said that the PHF will be able to announce the official date as soon as they receive the grant.

“Inter-Provincial Coordination Minister Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada has informed that the Prime Minister has approved the amount that will be handed over to the very soon.”

Published in The Express Tribune, July 23rd,  2014.

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