LAHORE: Some senior players, who were not considered by sacked head coach Khawaja Junaid and the previous national selection committee, have been included in the list of 60 probables, who will attend the national training camp in Islamabad from July 24 for the Asia Cup.
The newly-appointed national selection committee, headed by Olympian Hassan Sardar, announced the list of the probables in which some senior players like Irfan Senior, Rashid Mahmood, Rizwan Senior, M. Ateeq, Tousiq and Kashif Shah have been recalled.
The 10th Asia Cup is being held in Bangladesh from Oct 12 to 22.
The training camp will be held at Naseer Bunda Stadium, Islamabad, under new head coach Farhat Khan.
No goalkeeper is included in this list as the PHF has already announced a list of 10 goalkeepers, who will attend a separate training camp in Karachi.
Our sports reporter from Islamabad adds: The two-week training camp for goalkeepers starts from Saturday (today) at the Abdul Sattar Edhi Hockey Stadium.
Former Olympian goalkeeper Nasir Ahmed of PIA will impart training to budding goalkeepers.
“We are going to hold a separate camp for goalkeepers in Karachi,” said PHF secretary Shahbaz Ahmed Senior, adding the new coaching staff and selection committee have been appointed for achieving better results.
“The new appointments have been made in order to bring improvements in the national side,” maintained the PHF secretary, stating the training camp at the Naseer Bunda Hockey Stadium will continue for two weeks.
Defenders: M. Irfan, M. Aleem Bilal, Niwaz Ishfaq, Rashid Mahmood, Toseeq Arshad, M. Rizwan Jr., M. Atif Mushtaq, Tasawar Abbas, Ammad Shakeel Butt, Abu Bakar Mahmood, Mubashir Ali, Asad Aziz, M. Faisal Qadir, Taimoor Malik, Hassan Anwar, Qazi Asfand, Tazeem-ul-Hassan, M. Junaid Kamal, Saleem Nazim, Kashif Shah, Ali Hussain, Kashif Javed, Ali Hassan Faraz, Sami Ullah, M. Zeeshan, M. Zubair, M. Ateeq, Sohail Manzoor.
Forwards: M. Irfan Jr., Umar Bhutta, Arslan Qadir, Ali Shan, Ijaz Ahmad, M. Rizwan Senior, Abdul Haseem Khan, Azfar Yaqoob, M. Dilber, Rana Umair, Karim Khan, Shan Irshad, M. Bilal Qadir, Shajeeh Ahmed, M. Atiq, Rana Suhail Riaz, Mohsin Sabir, Sami Ullah, Saran Bin Qamar, Khizer Akhtar, Rizwan Ali, Kashif Ali, Ali Akber, Umer Sarfaraz, Fahad Ullah, Fraz Dar, A. Jabbar, M. Naveed, Nohaiz Malik, M. Sabir, Umar Hamdi, Faisal Rasheed.