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Eight Pakistan players for PHL

December 25, 2004 18:45 IST

The Pakistan Hockey Federation is so impressed with the idea of the Premier Hockey League mooted by its Indian counterpart that it has not only allowed eight of its players to play in the tournament but is also planning a similar competition in the country from 2006.

The Olympians -- Ahmad Alam, Zeeshan Asrhaf, Muhammad Saqlain, Muhammad Sawar, Ali Raza, Dilawar Hussain, Kashif Jawwad and Mudassar Ali Khan -- will be taking part in the league starting in Hyderabad from January 13, a PHF spokesman was quoted as saying in Daily Times.

The month-long event has the blessings of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) and renowned players from various countries are to appear in the event.

"During discussions with the India hockey officials, the PHF accepted the request and the players were given the green light to feature in the event," he said.

He also said the organisers have assured "handsome fees" to the players for their participation in the tournament, which will be telecast live on a private sports channel.

"Being a useful project, the national federation is also contemplating launching a league on the same pattern in 2006," the spokesman added.

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