Pak-Oman juniors hockey series commences today

Islamabad-Pakistan youngsters will take on Oman's juniors in their first encounter of the four-match Test series at National Hockey Stadium Lahore on Friday.

"The series between the two countries will also see return of international hockey to the country after six years", a spokesman of Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) told APP on Thursday.

He said the Oman Hockey Federation had requested the PHF for a series with their juniors.

"We agreed to play the series against them prior to the Boys U18 Asia Cup. We are sure this series is going to provide much needed practice to our youngsters ahead of the important event," he added.

Two of the four tests will be played at night under floodlights. A wonderful action packed outdoor entertainment awaits sports lovers in the city of Lahore and adjoining areas, he added.

The officials said that the federation was trying its best to provide all necessary facilities and practice to the youngsters as it believed they were the real asset of the country.

Following is the schedule of the fixtures:

1-September, 16 (starts 4.30 pm),

2- September, 17 (starts 8.00 pm),

3- September, 19 (starts 4.30 pm),

4- September, 20 (starts 8.00 pm).

The 4th Boys under 18 Asia Cup Hockey, to be held under the auspices of Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) will roll into action on September 24 at Dhaka, Bangladesh. Seven teams, split in two pools will be vying for the continental cup crown in the youth meet.

Hosts Bangladesh have been placed in Pool A alongside India and Oman, while Pool B is comprised of Pakistan, China, Chinese- Taipei and Hong Kong.

Korea and Malaysia, who are winners and runners-up, respectively of the last edition of the tournament held in Singapore in 2011 are not participating in the event this time.

Pakistan will play their first match against Chinese-Taipei on September 24, while in their second contest they will clash with China on September 25.

They will play their third match of against Hong Kong on September 27. The final of the event will take place on September 30.

Source: Pakistan Observer

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