LAHORE – Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has requested the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) to delay the Indoor Asia Cup for a month to facilitate them to lay the playing mat in the arena at Islamabad’s Liaquat Gymnasium. "The event was to be played in the first week of December but there is delay in installation of the playing pitch and we have requested the AHF to postpone the event till the end of December," said PHF secretary Asif Bajwa here on Wednesday. He expressed the hope that the AHF would consider their request and help them to complete the laying of the playing surface. "Asia's top hockey nations will feature in the indoor hockey event which is thrilling due to shorter field and different hockey sticks," he said. Bajwa said that the holding of Asia Cup would help bringing back international hockey in Pakistan besides portraying an enhanced image of the country. He disclosed that Asian Hockey Champions Trophy, which was to be played from December 14, has been postponed for a few days and would now be played from December 20. "The reason behind postponement of the event is conclusion of Champions Trophy in Australia on December 10 and in between there was very little time left for teams from Asia to feature in the Asian version. With little time gained due to postponement, the teams will be able to get some rest ahead of their participation," he added. Bajwa expressed his satisfaction over the work to make the national hockey stadium for laying blue-coloured synthetic pitch. "The hockey activities will return to the city next month with the installation of the turf and we will be organising a number of national level events on it," he concluded.