ISLAMABAD: There is an uplifting news for sport lovers in Pakistan as they would see worldwide players in consecutive activity after both World XIs of cricket and hockey have intended to visit Pakistan for matches with the national teams.
A 14-member World XI led by South Africa’s Faf du Plessis would be visiting Pakistan one month from now to play three Twenty20s for the Independence Cup against national cricket group at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on September 12, 13 and 15.
Talking with APP, Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Secretary Shahbaz Ahmed Sr. said the hockey World XI have also consented to visit Pakistan in November.
“The World XI will incorporate Olympic and World champions groups players,” he said.
He further said World XI would play two matches in Pakistan, one in Lahore on November 21 and one in Karachi on November 22. Reacting to an inquiry, he said names of World XI players had not been concluded yet.
Pakistan Hockey League
Talking about Pakistan Hockey League (PHL), Shahbaz said a meeting had been approached Saturday in Lahore to examine about the advancements of the group.
“Ideally the issues with respect to the group will be settled after Eid-ul-Azha,” he said.
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He said PHF was doing hard and fast endeavors for restoration of the national diversion. “PHF has been in dialogs with a few firms including Fauji Foundation, Pakistan Television (PTV), Zarai Taraqiati Bank Ltd. (ZTBL) and Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) in an offer to give employments to national players,” he said.
“As of now Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) Wah would give employments to eighteen hockey players and two authorities,” he said.