KARACHI: The Pakistan Under-18 Hockey team’s preparations are in full swing ahead of their tour to New Zealand and Australia next month.
The juniors will play New Zealand Under-18s in the first leg of the tour, in the second, they will participate in Australia’s junior domestic league.
“The training camp was divided in three phases, the first to work on the players’ physical fitness, the second to improve their basic skills and the third to develop team chemistry and co-ordination,” Coach Kamran Ashraf told ARY.
“The first two phases have been completed and the third is being conducted currently,” he added.
Kamran said the Australian domestic league sides will also finance for the grooming and language courses for the Pakistan juniors.
“The boys have enough talent to beat any side and this tour will further hone their skills,” said Kamran.
Pakistan failed to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 2014 Hockey World Cup — the setbacks which triggered the Pakistan Hockey Federation to work harder on the grass-roots level of the system.
The junior side is set to fly to New Zealand on April 8.