Pakistan junior hockey team’s Argentine tour in February has been canceled due to lack of funds. According to PHF, the year 2018 is very important for Pakistan’s national (senior) hockey team.
There are three quadrennial Title Tournaments this year: Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and then the biggest of them, the World Cup.
Pakistan has been included in the Champions Trophy. Pakistan would also be figuring in a 3-Nation tournament in Oman beginning from February 14.
These two events, Champions Trophy and the Oman 3-Nation, were not part of the original annual calendar of the PHF. So the federation has to make some budgetary adjustments.
As the PHF has decided to fully concentrate on the senior team, the junior side’s tour to Argentine has been canceled. It would have been a very costly exercise, especially the air travel to Argentine.
PHF has sent a message of regret to the Argentine Hockey Confederation, who were quite keen to host Pakistan juniors.