Pakistan And India Revive Bilateral Hockey Series After Seven-Year Hiatus
Pakistan Hockey Federation Secretary Asif Bajwa said that the "Pakistan hockey team will visit India from April 5 as a part of a bilateral hockey series which has been revived after seven years," according to PAKISTAN TODAY. Bajwa said that after the Pakistan team travels to India, the Indian team will visit Pakistan from April 23 "for a similar visit". Bajwa said five matches "will be played in India and similar matches in Pakistan." The Pakistan team will play matches in Ranchi, Lakhnow, New Delhi, Mohali and Jalandhar, "while the venues of matches in Pakistan are Faisalabad, Karachi, Sialkot and Lahore" which will be hosting two matches at night (PAKISTAN TODAY, 3/5). ANI reported a PHF official said that the body may persuade Hockey India officials to "send their team first as they fear that the Indian government might hinder their return visit after Pakistan's tour." The official further said that "there was also a possibility that the two bodies could agree to financial compensations in millions for a team in case it withdraws from making the return trip" (ANI, 3/2).