Indo-Pak hockey officials to discuss Test series in FIH meet

Hockey officials from India and Pakistan are set to discuss the revival of bilateral tournaments between the arch-rivals on the sidelines of International Hockey Federation (FIH) Congress in Switzerland next month.

Updated: Oct 28, 2010, 16:19 PM IST

Karachi: Hockey officials from India and
Pakistan are set to discuss the revival of bilateral
tournaments between the arch-rivals on the sidelines of
International Hockey Federation (FIH) Congress in Switzerland
next month.

According to a news report, Hockey India
secretary Narinder Batra will meet his Pakistani counterpart
Asif Bajwa in Montreux (Switzerland) and would look at the
possibilities of organising Indo-Pak Test series.

"We will have a detailed meeting and the idea of reviving
bilateral matches will be on the top of the agenda," Bajwa
said.

"We are all for reviving bilateral hockey series with
India. Such matches, if held on a regular basis, will benefit
hockey in both the countries," he added.

India and Pakistan have played each other only in FIH
events in the past couple of years and Bajwa said it was
important for both the teams to compete on a bilateral basis
to revive the game in both the countries.

"For hockey to regain its lost popularity we have to
attract fans and one great way to do that is to have regular
Pakistan-India matches," he said.

"It would be great if we can have Pakistan-India matches
in Lahore, Karachi, Delhi or Chandigarh but if that`s not
possible then we can stage a series on neutral venue also.
Even though the costs will be higher, it will still be a
win-win option for both the countries," he added.

The FIH meet is scheduled to start from November 7.

PTI