KARACHI – Pakistan Hockey Federation on Wednesday night named a 20-player squad for the upcoming two-match series against World XI.
The team was announced after a two-day trial conducted by the federation at the Abdul Sattar Edhi Hockey Stadium, Karachi.
Junaid Manzoor will take charge while Rizwan Ali will be the vice-captain.
The team comprises goalkeepers Waqar Younas and Adil Rao, Rizwan Ali, Rehan Butt, Moin Shakeel, Adeel Latif, Shahzaib Khan, Ghanzafeer Ali, Afraz Hakeem, Umair Sattar, Naveed Alam, Amjad Ali, Awais Arshad, Rana Waheed, Ahmed Nadeem, M. Ilyas, Waqar Ali, Zakirullah, and Ibrahim.
Six standby players include Akmal Hussain (goalkeeper), Ali Raza, Hammad Anjum, Murtaza Yaqoob, Zahan Butt, and Umer Bilal have also made it to the 20-man squad.
While the team is packed with junior players, senior campaigner Rehan Butt has also been added to the team.
The matches are scheduled on Friday (19th Jan) and Sunday (21st Jan) in Karachi and Lahore respectively. After the series, the team will leave for a tour of Argentina on February 5.
Star Hockey player Sohail Abbas was earlier supposed to lead World XI squad, but his presence is still uncertain.