Pakistan hockey team departs for Asian Champions Trophy

Lahore: The Pakistan hockey squad Tuesday morning departed to participate in the upcoming second Asian Champions Trophy commencing Dec 20 in Qatar.

The 18-member men`s field hockey team along with six officials, including the manager and the coach, left for Doha from here, reports Xinhua.

Chief coach Akhtar Rasool told media persons the team`s morale was very high after success in the Champions Trophy and they would perform well to fulfil the people`s expectations.

The six-nation event will start will be conclude Dec 27 at the Al Rayyan Hockey Stadium in the the Qatar capital.

Pakistan, defending champions India, China, Oman, Japan and Malaysia will feature in the eight-day event and every participating team will play a match against all other sides.

The tournament will start as Japan take on Malaysia followed by India vs China and Pakistan vs Oman.

Pakistan is the highest ranked team in the tournament.