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Asian Champions Trophy: Pakistan hockey team to leave for India on August 1

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An undated image of players playing during a Pakistan vs India match. — AFP/File
An undated image of players playing during a Pakistan vs India match. — AFP/File

The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) confirmed on Friday that the national team would travel to India for Asian Hockey Champions Trophy on August 1.

Pakistan team will travel to the neighbouring country via Wagah Border and will reach Chennai from Amritsar by road.

Chennai will host the Asian event from August 3 to 12.

Three officials of the Pakistan team are still waiting for the visa. The newly-appointed head coach Shahnaz Sheikh is also facing issues in getting a visa on time.

Pakistan are scheduled to play their first match against Malaysia on August 3. The Green Shirts will lock horns with arch-rivals India on August 9.

Squad

Muhammad Umar Bhatta (c), Akmal Hussain, Abdullah Ishtiaq Khan, Muhammad Abdullah, Muhammad Sufyan Khan, Ehtsham Aslam, Osama Bashir, Aqeel Ahmed, Arshad Liaquat, Muhammad Imad, Abdul Hanan Shahid, Zakaria Hayat, Rana Abdul Waheed Ashraf (Vice Captain), Roman, Muhammad Murtaza Yaqoob, Muhammad Shahzaib Khan, Afraz, Abdul Rahman, while the standby includes Ali Raza, Muhammad Baqir, Muhammad Nadeem Khan, Abdul Wahab, Waqar Ali, Muhammad Arsalan and Abdul Qayyum.

Pakistan’s schedule

August 3 – vs Malaysia

August 4 – vs Korea

August 6 – vs Japan

August 7 – vs China

August 9 – vs India

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