As many as 27 players out of 33 reported to head coach Shahnaz Sheikh for one-month long training camp to be held here at Naseer Bunda Hockey Stadium, Pakistan Sports Complex from today (Tuesday).

Talking to The Nation, Shahnaz said: “In all, 27 boys reported me at day time, while Nasir Ali, Shafqat Abu Zarr, Dr Abid and physical trainer Sajid reported me on late Monday night, while Olympian Sameer Hussain, who was also expected to report as coach, requested for relief as he has some domestic issues ad will join the camp soon. Three players, Irfan, who is in London, Rashid and Rizwan Senior, who are in Netherlands, will report in the camp by March 20.” “We will start training from today (Tuesday) as the first session will start at 6:30am. The main aim of the camp is to prepare boys for the upcoming international matches in Australia and the most significant one in Belgium, the all-important Olympic qualifiers from June 20 to July 5. I will emphasize on both mental and physical toughness of the players and try to help them regain their lost form,” Shahnaz concluded.