KARACHI: The National Selection Committee is likely to announce the players for the 12-match series for Pakistan Whites and Juniors training camps in the first week of January.
Athletes will participate in the first 15-day training camps. After that, the two teams will play 12 matches nationwide, starting in late January and continuing into February, The News learned on Wednesday.
Sources said that the National Selection Committee headed by Manzoor Jr. watched all the matches of the National Hockey Championship to select the latest talent keeping in view the future needs of Pakistan Hockey.
Pakistan’s senior team is set to compete in the Asian Hockey Championship in Bangladesh in March 2021. The juniors will participate in the Junior Asia Cup 2021 in Bangladesh. Its schedule is yet to be announced.
Sources said that the National Selection Committee is expected to select 8-10 of the new players for the training camps who showed hockey skills during the national championship. These new players will be included in the junior team’s training camp.
There will be 33-35 players in both camps. Matches have been arranged in Punjab, Sindh and KP. PHF is also trying to hold these matches in Balochistan.
Sources said that training camps would be set up in Lahore or Karachi.
The Ph.D. The National Under-16 Championship will be held in KP from November 28.
Experts described June 12 as an important event for the preparation of the Pakistan junior team, which has not played competitive hockey for a long time. The Junior Asia Cup in Bangladesh will serve as a qualifying round for the 2021 Junior World Cup.