LAHORE: The trials to pick 30 nationwide hockey gamers, out of which 20 will get central contracts, begin right here within the first week of July, two key officers of the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) mentioned at a press convention right here on Wednesday.
Based on chief selector Manzoor Junior and head coach Khawaja Junaid mentioned on their proposal PHF president retired Brig Khalid Sajjad Khokhar had determined to award the central contract to 20 gamers.
Giving the main points, Manzoor mentioned the 20 gamers would be divided into three classes — A, B and C. “And to assess their fitness level, a test would be held at the end of every month, in which every player’s participation would be mandatory,” he mentioned.
A 3-day health take a look at would begin on the final Friday of each month to proceed until Sunday, Manzoor added.
The chief selector additional mentioned the gamers who didn’t seem for the health take a look at throughout any month, they’d not get the central contract for the following month.
“The players unable to appear [in any month] for the fitness test while featuring in a foreign league, will be eligible to get a place in the national team after showing fitness level at the national training camp,” Manzoor added.
Former Pakistan captain Manzoor mentioned the choice would assist to maintain the gamers prepared for worldwide obligation moreover lowering their monetary issues.
“As the Covid-19 pandemic situation [in Pakistan] has come under control leading to the resumption of sports activities, the PHF will restart its activities at full pace like the junior national camp which is starting in Lahore on Thursday,” he famous.
When requested if an incentive shouldn’t be given to the remaining 10 gamers as they’d even be duty-bound to look within the month-to-month health take a look at to get a spot in any of the three classes, and plenty of of them could have to return from remote areas of the nation, the duo reckoned the remaining 10 gamers would create a aggressive surroundings to get the contract.
Talking on the event, Junaid mentioned among the many 20 contracted gamers, six every would be included in A and B classes whereas the remaining eight would function in C class.
“Every player included in A, B and C category will receive Rs50,000, Rs40,000 and Rs30,000, respectively per month,” the pinnacle coach remarked, including the transfer moreover lowering the gamers’ monetary issues would preserve them match for skilled obligation.
“Next year’s Asia Cup will also serve as the qualifying round for the World Cup. Therefore, the central contract policy was adopted as one of the steps to prepare the players for international events.”
The top coach continued, “In order to get a place in the national team, every player competing in any league abroad has to attend the national camp, if he is not on the central contract list.”
He mentioned each central contract participant should seem within the month-to-month health take a look at, in any other case, he wouldn’t get a spot within the listing of contractual gamers.
Printed in Daybreak, July 1st, 2021