In their first match on December 6, Pakistan will take on the Netherlands. Chief selector Muhammad Asif Bajwa reveals the players’ names.

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ANNOUNCED: FIH JUNIOR HOCKEY WORLD CUP 18-MAN TEAM

ISLAMABAD An 18-man national hockey junior team was selected by the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) National Selection Committee (NSC), which is led by Muhammad Asif Bajwa. This team will compete in the upcoming FIH Junior Hockey World Cup 2023, which will begin on December 5 at Bukit Jalil National Hockey Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. During the 12-day international prestigious hockey showpiece, up to 16 teams from around the world will compete for top honours, with Argentina defending its title.

Following President PHF Khalid Sajjad Khokhar’s approval, Mohammad Asif Bajwa announced the team on Wednesday, accompanied by NSC Olympian Anjum Saeed, Manager Asif Naz Khokhar, and Head Coach Roelant Oltamans.

Team Officials: Asif Naz Khokhar (Manager), Roelant Oltamans (Head Coach), Olympian Shakeel Abbasi, Mohammad Ali, Mohammad Asif (Coaches), Mohammad Aslam (Physiotherapist) Nadeem Lodhi (Video Analyst)

Names of players: Ali Raza, Abdul Rafay Sajid, Arbaaz Ahmed, Mohammad Sufyan Khan, Ehtsham Aslam, Aqeel Ahmed, Abdul Manan, Mohammad Murtaza Yaqub, Zikaria Hayat, Mohammad Hayat, Ghazanfar Ali, Ali Murtaza, Arshad Liaquat, Abdul Hanan Shahid, Abdul Rehman , Umar Mustafa, Abuzar, Abdul Qayyum

Reserve players: Basharat Ali and Arbaaz Ayaz

Teams (16):

Pool A: Argentina, Australia, Chile, Malaysia

Pool B: Egypt, France, Germany, South Africa

Pool C: Canada, India, Korea, Spain

Pool D: Belgium, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan

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