LAHORE - International hockey will return to Pakistan as Egypt hockey team will visit Pakistan in March next year to play a test series. This was stated by Secretary, Pakistan Hockey Federation, M Asif Bajwa at a news conference after Executive Board and Congress meetings held here at National Stadium on Tuesday under the chairmanship of President PHF Qasim Zia. "Egypt has agreed to send its team on a reciprocatory tour before Pakistan team will visit them in February," he said adding: "We are in process of finalising number of matches to be played during in that series". Bajwa said holding of international matches in Pakistan will send a good message to people around the globe that it is a safe place for holding sporting events. He said Pakistan hockey suffered a lot in previous years due to security concerns as foreign teams refused to visit Pakistan and besides refusal of Games Ruling Body for not allocating high profile hockey events to Pakistan. He said the meetings also finalised and approved the calendar of activates for the year 2011 which also includes participation in a 4-nation tournament in Ireland, tour of Scotland, participation in a 4-nation tournament in Holland, test matches against Spain, Holland and Germany, participation in Asian Champions Trophy, Azlan Shah cup and Champions trophy. Bajwa said PHF will distribute hockey sticks to all the affiliated bodies with the provincial hockey association to promote hockey. "It is in line with our policy under which we distributed hockey sticks to schools to generate the Interest of youth in Hockey". PHF official said the realistic target of Pakistan team is World Cup 2014 the way it targeted Asian Games. "We have a set outline to achieve hockey titles and we want to make step by step progress and it does not mean that we don't have other targets, we will be aiming to be on victory stand in 2012 London Olympics." He said PHF has constituted a three member committee comprising NWFP's Zahir Shah, Punjab's Rana Mujahid and Wapda's Sagheer Ahmed to put up suggestions to stop the participation of averaged players in National championship. The PHF has barred over 30 years of age players from taking part in National championship. "This committee will enforce strict measures during the coming national championship to ensure the participation of right age players," he said. Bajwa said the Dutch Coach will continue to work as chief coach of the national team and other members of the team management and members of the selection committee will be announced before January 20. "The meetings have given the authority to PHF President and Secretary to appoint team management and members of the selection committee," he said. He said the meetings lifted a life ban from former Pakistan goalkeeper, Mansoor Ahmed who was punished on the allegations of human trafficking and his negative criticism on PHF. He said Mansoor in his mercy petition sought unconditional apology for his acts. The meetings also approved a budget of Rs 500 million in which PHF faces a shortfall of Rs 300 million. " We are confident that Prime Minister who is also the patron of PHF will provide us the funds to meet the gap as per his promise as due to his patronage and support hockey is at right track of progress ",he said.