LAHORE – Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) secretary M Asif Bajwa lauded the performance of the Pakistan junior hockey team performance in the Junior Asia Cup and showed full confidence on it and the team management.

Pakistan junior hockey team played well in the 7th Junior Asia Cup and won silver medal in the event held in Malacca, Malaysia from May 3 to 13.

Talking to the reporters here at the PHF office on Thursday, Bajwa said: “By finishing runners-up in the event, the junior team has also qualified for the upcoming Junior World Cup 2013 which is really a great achievement of the young and talented team.”

Disclosing the future assignment of the junior team, he said: “As a part of training programme, the junior team will play 4-Nation Tournament being held in China in the month of August 2012 and 7-Nation Tournament to be played in Malaysia in the month of November 2012.”

He also disclosed that the PHF has intention to organise a 4-Nation Junior Hockey Tournament in Pakistan in the month of December 2012 or January 2013 after Junior Super League. The junior hockey team will visit five European countries for a training tour in the months of May and June 2013, he added.

Talking about senior hockey team, Bajwa said: “After participation in the 21st Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament from May 24 to June 3, the senior hockey team will undertake a training tour of Europe and will play two matches against German hockey team in Cologne, one match against Belgian hockey team and one match against Dutch hockey team.”

“After the European tour, a 16-member team for the London Olympic 2012 will be announced. This team will go to London on July 11 for pre-Olympic training at Cannock Hockey Club Birmingham for 10 days. The team will also play matches against Belgium, New Zealand or Argentina. Belgium match is confirmed while the efforts are being made to have second match out of the two nations,” he added.

He further said that the PHF disciplinary committee which has had a session with those national players who took part in an unsanctioned event World Hockey Series (WHS) will submit the recommendations to the PHF by next week.

“The players have not only violated the PHF constitution but also ignored the directives of the FIH. The committee has asked the players to submit their agreements along with the record of first payment received by them. As per the FIH Bye-Laws, any player who signed contract after March 31, 2011, a one year ban can be imposed on him,” he concluded.