Islamabad: Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) is disappointed by the cold response of the government and has decided to postpone the Pakistan Hockey League (PHL) scheduled in November.
PHL which was formed on the lines of Pakistan Super League (PSL) was initially planned to include around two dozen foreign players. The main obstacle in launching the hockey league was the non-issuance of NOC by the Punjab government for which PHF had applied well before time but failed to receive it in due time.
The PHF secretary Shahbaz senior while speaking to the media said “We have decided to postpone the PHL after failing to get any response from the government.”
Six franchise teams were to take part in the hockey league matches planned for Lahore, Faisalabad and Gojra with each team having three foreign players.
However, PHF still has a hope and will try to hold the league next year in April in case the government decides to issue a NOC.
Shahbaz senior while expressing his views on the participation of foreign players said “Pakistan has a rich history in the game of hockey due to which many foreign players are willing to come to Pakistan. We are in touch with almost 35 foreign players who regularly keep contacting PHF to know the expected launch of the league.”
He further said that “It’s very difficult to attract youngsters towards the national game unless you give decent financial benefits to the players. The league in case it is held can definitely give a rising advantage to our players in this regard.