Lahore: Pakistan hockey team coach Khuwaja Junaid is confident to make a strong team for the upcoming Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, April 11 to 18 in Malaysia.
While talking to the media in Lahore on the sidelines of players’ training camp, Junaid said that 31 players out of 50 have reported in the camp on Tuesday. The rest of them will join the camp later.
“12 players are in Malaysia and Egypt to play leagues, they will be back by February 18. The players will take part in the second phase of the camp, starting from March 1,” he said.
The head coach revealed the plan for the training camp. He said that team management will work with players individually and try to figure out the best players. “We have planned different strategies to prepare our players strongly for the event. We have got raw talent which needs a polish to represent Pakistan at the top level,” Junaid maintained.
It must be noted here that the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) had called 50 players for the training camp in Lahore. Players’ list include Amjad Ali, Muneeb-ur-Rehman, Waqar, Abdullah, Agha Awn Ali (goalkeepers), Amjad Ali Khan, Mubashir Ali, Rizwan Ali, M Atif Mushtaq, Samiullah Khan, Usama Bashir, Usman Bashir, Arbaz, Abdullah Bhutto, (fullback), Ammad Shakeel Butt, Azfar Yaqoob, Junaid Manzoor, Rizwan Senior, M Adnan, Rashid Mehmood, Aqeel, Asif Hanif, Moin Shakeel, Ihtisham (half-back), Umar Bhutta, Abu Bakar Mahmood, Ajaz Ahmad, Nohaiz Zahid Malik, Faizan, Ahmad Nadeem, Tazeem-ul Hassan, Rana Suhail Riaz, M Sulman Razzaq, Ali Shan, Samiullah, Qazi Asafand Yar, Mohsin Khan, Rana Waheed, Ghazanfar Ali, Hammaddin Anjum, Afraz, Umair Sattar, Rooman, Ali Aziz, Bilawal, Asher Tariq, Zain Ejaz, Hamza (forwards).