LAHORE-Coordinator and goalkeeping coach of Oman team Shakir Muneer has said that Pakistan is a safe country to host international hockey events and matches.

Talking to the journalists, Shakir said: “The foreign hockey teams should also visit Pakistan as it is safe to play hockey here and we are fully satisfied with the security provided to us during the series.”

He said efforts would be made that Oman senior team might feature in the national hockey championship to be hosted by Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) in Lahore in coming months but it depended on the Oman hockey authorities to decide about it.

He said it was a very beneficial experience for his team to play a four-test series prior to its participation in the Junior Asia Cup being played in Dhaka later this month. “We did fairly good in the opener of the series and managed a 2-2 draw and after that, we undermine Pakistan side which let us down in the next three matches.”

“For us, victory or defeat does not matter as we visited Pakistan to impart international match experience to our team prior to its participation in the Asia Cup and the visit has added to the experience and confidence of our players,” he added. Shakir said Oman senior team would also visit Pakistan in near future and they consider Pakistan their elder brother in hockey.

“We want to further cement sports relations between the two countries and we will also welcome technical officials from Pakistan to train our coaches and allied hockey staff.”

He praised the performance of Pakistan team and termed it a talented side saying it can gain excellence, if it will be provided with more international experience. “It is a good omen that the PHF is working on holding its own league with the participation of foreign players and such a venture will give a tremendous boost to Pakistan hockey.”