KARACHI: A former International Hockey player, Mubbashir Mukhtar, has appreciated the efforts of Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) for revival of international hockey in Pakistan.
In this regard he referred to organizing of Nishan-e-Haider Hockey tournament and arrival of Hall of Fame World Eleven in Pakistan besides holding of Pakistan Super Hockey League next year and said on Tuesday that ‘this will lead to revival of international matches here.
Mubbashir, who is now serving as Director Sports in a local university, was confident that the decisions and steps being taken PHF President Brig (Rtd) Khalid Sajjad Khokhar and Secretary General Olympian Shahbaz Senior, Pakistan will regain its lost stature in hockey.
He was of the view Nishan-e-Haider Hockey Tournament appears to be the first step towards revival of international hockey here.
He said that it will be the first occasion when international hockey players will be participating in a country’s domestic event.
The arrival of World Eleven in November this year will bring activity in the grounds of Pakistan with Pakistan playing a 3-match series with the World Eleven in Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindi.
Thereafter in the next year holding of Pakistan Super Hockey League will not only help explore the new talent but also contribute to revival of international hockey here.