LAHORE - Pakistan hockey team will visit India from April 5 as a part of a bilateral hockey series which has been revived after seven years. Talking to the reporters at a news conference here on Monday after his return from Malaysia to attend a meeting of Asian Hockey Federation (AHF), Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) secretary said: “The series, which was last played in year 2006, has been revived to serve the cause of hockey in the region. In the first leg, we will be travelling to India then the Indian team will visit Pakistan from April 23 for a similar visit. Five matches will be played in India and similar matches in Pakistan.” He said Pakistan team would play matches in Ranchi, Lucknow, New Delhi, Mohali and Jalandhar while the venues of the matches in Pakistan are Faisalabad, Karachi, Sialkot and Lahore which will be hosting two matches at night. The PHF official said all the details of the series were finalized at meeting with the Indian officials of Hockey India on the side lines of the AHF meeting. “It is a very positive breakthrough and we believe with the resumption of this series, we will be able to explore more avenues to play two on regular basis in near future,” he said. Bajwa said the PHF was very delighted that the series had finally been revived and the Indian government had granted permission to its team to travel to Pakistan. “We will be announcing the final dates of the matches in a few days after consulting our media partners in both the countries,” he said and added: “We will host two matches at Lahore under lights for the entertainment of fans to watch the game in their leisure time.” When asked about the success of this series, Bajwa said: “It is going to be a very interesting hockey event which has been long awaited in both the countries and with such a series, we will be able to further add to our good hockey relations with India.” He said the AHF meeting made various amendments in its constitution in line with the constitution of International Hockey Federation. It is proposed in the amendments that no individual above the age of 70 years can contest for any post in the AHF and there is restriction of contesting for an office for a third successive term. He said Pakistan’s M Rizwan had been declared the best youth player of the AHF which had praised the hockey structure in Pakistan based on its academies. “It is a role model concept for the hockey developing nations,” Bajwa concluded.