Pakistan under-18 hockey team will tour Australia in April to participant in its national championship on a special invitation.
“We have received an invitation from the Hockey Australia for the event and will be sending our team to feature in the event,” a Pakistan Hockey Federation’s (PHF) official told APP on Friday.
He said Pakistan juniors had not been getting international exposure due to shortage of funds but recently the federation had received Rs 800 million grant from the government.
Responding to a question, he said “PHF had also received an invitation from New Zealand hockey to play a six-match series in February but it won’t be materialized due to the shortage of funds. Though PHF had received Rs 800 million grant but it has a lot of liabilities to address,” he said.
He claimed that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had again asked PHF to payback the Rs 10 million loan it took in the year 2000.
“PHF has requested its Patron-in-Chief to intervene in the matter and sort this issue,” he said adding PHF wants PCB to waive off the Rs 10 million loan so that the grant could be used for the development of hockey.—APP