The Pakistani Hockey team is eagerly looking forward to the Hockey World Cup in New Delhi from February 28.
Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Secretary Asif Bajwa said talks are underway between the two governments regarding Pakistan’s participation.
Interacting with media persons at the National Hockey Stadium here, Bajwa hoped that Pakistan would play.
“ A meeting between Prime Minister and players will be organize to boost the morale of the team,” The News quoted Bajwa, as saying.
Earlier, Coach Shahid Ali Khan had also expressed confidence in the team, saying it would give other teams of the group a run for their money in the tournament, which would conclude on March 13.
“Ours is a very balanced team. All the best available players are in it. We have some very experienced players as well as several talented youngsters which is why I’m confident that we can do well against any team,” Khan said.
Khan said a lot would depend upon how the senior players of the team perform.
He pinpointed players like short corner specialist Sohail Abbas, striker Rehan Butt, midfielder Waseem Ahmed, goalie Salman Butt and captain Zeeshan Ashraf to play a major role during the World Cup.
Pakistan shares the Group B with arch rivals India, and Australia, England, South Africa and Spain.