LAHORE: Poor planning by the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has as soon as once more been uncovered because it has cancelled the nationwide junior workforce’s tour to Argentina, which was to start out from Feb 5, on the pretext of insufficient funds.
It’s vital to say right here that the preparations for the stated tour had began plus the group had additionally been chosen.
The ultimate part of the coaching camp for the above-talked about tour was to be arrange from Saturday in Karachi the place the chosen gamers of the nationwide staff have been to take part.
Just lately, the PHF additionally pitted its junior staff towards the touring World XI aspect in a two-match collection as a part of preparations for the Argentina tour.
Nevertheless, now hastily the federation realised that the stated tour can be too costly to handle, notably the air journey.
“Because the PHF has determined to completely think about the senior group, the junior aspect’s tour to Argentine has been cancelled. It might have been a really pricey train, particularly the air journey to Argentina,” a press launch issued by the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) stated.
“The PHF has despatched a message of remorse to the Argentine Hockey Confederation, who have been fairly eager to host Pakistan juniors.”
Sadly, the incumbent PHF physique headed by retired Brig Sajjad Khokhar with Shahbaz Ahmed Senior as secretary has an extended listing of such poor planning.
Final yr, the PHF did not ship the workforce to the Junior World Cup held in India due to not making use of for visa for the group in time.
The PHF, which spent tens of millions of rupees on getting ready the staff for the Junior World Cup, because of its personal mistake in administration, disadvantaged many nationwide gamers of the chance to compete within the mega occasion.
In the meantime, the PHF press launch added, “The yr 2018 is essential for Pakistan’s nationwide [senior] hockey staff. There are three quadrennial title tournaments this yr: Commonwealth Video games, Asian Video games after which the most important of them, the World Cup.
Pakistan has been included within the Champions Trophy. Pakistan would even be figuring in a 3-nation event in Oman starting from Feb 14.
“These two occasions, Champions Trophy and the Oman three-nation occasion, weren’t a part of the unique annual calendar of the PHF. So the federation has to make some budgetary changes.”
Revealed in Daybreak, January twenty seventh, 2018
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