The Pakistan President XI defeated Nepal 9-0 while Uzbekistan routed Afghanistan 11-0 in the Haier International Hockey Series here at the National Hockey Stadium, Lahore.
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Pakistan will be hosting one of the first rounds of Hockey Series Open at National Hockey Stadium, Lahore from December 17 to 22.
A minimum of 15 teams will qualify for one of three separate Hockey Series finals. Each of the Series finals will have eight teams playing in them and will take place throughout the world, with berths into the Olympic Qualification events up for grabs.
The teams include Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan and Nepal along with a team from Pakistan.
Pakistan national team won’t be participating in the event as the greenshirts has been selected among the nine countries for FIH Pro League, starting from January 2019.
Therefore Pakistan guest team will take part in the round of the series. The points earned by Pakistan won’t be counted towards deciding the positions in the competition. But the other four teams will contest to qualify for the final round of the Hockey Series Open.
President XI: Goal Keepers: Muneebur Rehman & Hafiz Umair Defenders: Abid Bhatti, M Ammar, Samiullah & Mubashar Jibran Midfielders: Usman Ghani, Mohibullah, Ali Raza (Gojra) & Asif Hanif.
Forwards: Zaheer Hussain, Abdul Mannan, Murtaza Yaqoob, Awaisur Rehman (Captain), Qamar Bhukhari, Arsalan Haider, Zulqarnain & Mohsin Khan.
President PHF Brig (rtd) Khalid Sajjad Khokhar has named the following officials for the President XI. Manager: Shahid Parvez Bhandara. Coaches: Kashif Jawad & Muhammad Shabbir.