ISLAMABAD - The success of the recently-concluded Super Eight Twenty20 cricket tournament in Faisalabad has impressed former Olympian Shehnaz Sheikh, who feels that Pakistan Hockey Federation should follow in the footsteps of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and organize more and more domestic tournaments until the return of international hockey to the country. The Faisalabads Iqbal Cricket Stadium was jam-packed with thousands more clamouring outside the stadium to get in to watch the Faysal Bank Twenty20 Cup matches. Hockey lost its popularity in our schools and colleges despite being the national game while we find cricket grounds full in our towns and cities, whereas hockey grounds generally give a deserted look, Sheikh said on Sunday. Domestic tournaments would help revitalize interest in the game, he said and added the PHF can learn from the PCB. The international teams are reluctant to visit Pakistan but the board is arranging domestic tournaments, thus creating a sense of competition among youngsters and keeping public interest alive in the game, he added. Shehnaz proposed to PHF to request FIH to persuade different countries to send their junior teams to Pakistan. Unless they (PHF) do this, the standard of hockey will not improve in the country, he said. He was also concerned about the performance of junior team in the recently held Junior Asian Cup in Singapore saying, finishing third in the event was alarming. The PHF has been making tall claims for the past three years about the academies it set up for juniors. But the result in Junior Asia Cup shows things are not moving in right direction at the grass-roots level. MOHSIN ALI