Pakistan’s Junior Hockey team currently on a tour of Australia has five Dar hockey academy players (DHA) which speak volume of DHA efforts to serve as a pipe line to produce players for national hockey.
Pak team is participating in the Australian National hockey team being played in Hobart, Tasmania, a first ever such tour arranged by the Pakistan Hockey federation to groom the players by exposing them to competitive hockey. After taking part in the championship the green shirts will feature in the Australia hockey league by representing different clubs and in process will stay in Australia for around four months.
DHA boys in the side are Waqar Younis (goal keeper), Adeel Latif, Awais Arshad, Ali Aziz and Hammad Anjum. Two other academy players, Asif Haneef and Zulqarnain are among the standbys. For four of the five boys, Waqar, Adeel, Awais and Ali Aziz,it will be their second tour in the national colours.
They were members of Pakistan’s bronze medal winning squad at the 2016 Boys Under 18 Asia Cup in Dhaka, Bangladesh. For Hammad Anjum, it is the first international outing. All the boys have benefited from Dar Hockey Academy’s training tours abroad in recent years.
Adeel Latif has been to Europe with the DHA as many as three times.. Waqar and Ali Aziz toured Netherlands in 2015, and Malaysia in 2016. While Awais Arshad and Hammad visited Malaysia in 2016 with the Dar HA..—APP