Hasan Sardar appointed as chief hockey selector

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Lahore, Oct 23 (UNI) In a fresh reshuffle made in the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF), former Olympian Hasan Sardar was appointed as the selection committee chairman, while Brig (rtd) Manzoor Hussain Atif was named as the advisor to president Qasim Zia.

Hasan, former captain of the Pakistan's hockey team, will head the five-member selection committee that includes Farhat Khan, Rana Mujahid, Mohammad Shafique and Khalid Bashir.

At a press conference here yesterday, PHF president Qasim while announcing Hasan as the chief selector, named former secretary PHF Brig (rtd) Atif as his advisor.

Qamar Ibrahim has been named chief coach of the junior team with Danish Kaleem and Ahmed Alam appointed as assistant coaches.

''We have delayed naming the senior team management. Junior team officials were named considering the fact that the India team arrives in Pakistan on November 11 to play a five Test match series,'' PHF secretary Asif Bajwa said.

The Indian team is expected to visit the country for a five-match Test series each at Karachi (November 12), Rawalpindi (November 14), Faisalabad (November 16), Sialkot (November 18) and Lahore (November 20).

There will be initial trials on October 26-27, before the final trials to select the junior hockey team begins on November 2 at the Hockey Club of Pakistan, Karachi.

A Research and Development section headed by the PHF president has also been formed, which includes secretary PHF, head coaches of senior and junior teams, chairman selection committee and advisor to PHF president.

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