Netherland’s former field Hockey player and legend Paul Litjens arrived Karachi to take part in the Hall of Fame ceremony.
After quite a while, hockey will take center-stage this month when some more world’s top stars will arrive in the country to join in its bid to bring an international action to Pakistan.
Paul Litjens, The most fearsome penalty corner striker of his time. He played 177 matches with the Dutch national team, scoring 268 goals, an international record he held from 1982 to 2004. Sohail Abbas broke his record.
Talking to the media Paul express his feelings coming back to Pakistan after a long time he said, “I am very happy to come back to Karachi after a long time, PHF has taken a good step to promote hockey” he said.
“In my era, Hockey used to be a popular game of Pakistan” he added.
Litjens said that he would also like to meet Pakistan hockey player Sohail Abbas who breaks his record.
Paul is also a member of Netherlands’ first ever World Cup winning team of 1973 and also when they first won the Champions Trophy in 1981 in Karachi. Top scorer at 1976 Olympics.
The visit of big names of world hockey and former legends such as Floris Jan Bovelander and Christian Blunck of Germany and Juan Escarre of Spain is expected to lead to the revival of international hockey in Pakistan.
Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has decided to field talented players from the juniors’ pool in matches against the visiting World XI. Pakistan is to play two matches against the World XI this month in Karachi and Lahore.