LAHORE - Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) will orgainse the national team's camp at Abbottabad from May 25 for the preparations of the World Cup 2014.
“We are well on time to start preparing our side for the grand event and our first phase of training will commence at a cooler centre to avoid scorching heat to help the players to fully focus on the training,” said PHF secretary M Asif Bajwa here on Sunday.
He said the PHF would ensure every step to impart best possible training to the probables home and abroad to help the team to live up to the expectations in the World Cup to be played in August 2014 in Holland.
He rejected a questioner that the PHF had delayed the preparations of the team for the Cup. “In fact, we are well on course in this regardand our preparations have already been started as a total number of 21 senior and junior players are engaged in competitive hockey abroad.”
“Our 11 players are participating in league in Malaysia, two in Holland and eight junior players are part of the junior team which will soon embark upon the voyage of Europe,” he said.
Bajwa disclosed that barring Holland which were the hosts of the Cup, no other team had yet qualified for the mega event to be participated by as many as 12 top teams of the World Cup.
“At this stage, what is important for us is to groom the team to qualify for the Cup. World League (Asian round) will take place in Malaysia next month and our prime aim is to unveiled a balanced combination to qualify for the Cup. Three top teams of the World League will qualify from Asia,” he added.
“The immediate task is tough as all the leading sides from Asia will be in run to finish among the top three and we will be laying special emphasis during our month long preparations to gel experience with youth,” said Bajwa.
He said the PHF would soon announce the names of players to attend the training camp at Abbottabad. “We will unfold an ambitious preparatory programme for our team for the Cup and it is a good omen that our 21 players are engaged in international hockey and by that way they are adding to their experience besides making themselves available for the selection,” he added.
The PHF secretary said the PHF was working in different dimensions as far as imparting training to the team is concerned for the Cup as the junior players would be taking part in international events abroad till next year and senior team would also be participating in similar assignments on regular basis.
“By that way, we will be able to form a pool of players for specialised positions and at the time of selection of the team for Cup, we will be having ample choice because of availability of the players,” Bajwa concluded.