Pakistan White team will depart to Oman on Thursday (September 7) to play a Five Test Match Hockey Series with their National Hockey team.

Talking to APP, Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Secretary Shahbaz Ahmed Senior said the Five Test Match Hockey Series will be played from September 9 to 15.

“Pakistan white squad can also be termed as a development or Pakistan A squad which can prove as a backup for the national team,” he said.

Shahbaz said Pakistan White hockey team will depart to Oman from Karachi. “We want to prepare and groom a pool of players who are not part of the national squad for future,” he said.

Speaking about the Asia Cup scheduled to be held in Bangladesh from October 12, he said the national squad for the mega event would be announced on September 20.

“Asia Cup will prove a great opportunity for players to prepare for the next year’s Hockey World Cup,” he said.

He said 18 players would be selected for the Asia Cup. “Besides Pakistan teams of Bangladesh, India, China, South Korea, Japan, Oman and Malaysia would be participating in the event,” he said.

The Pakistan white squad for series against Oman includes Hafiz Ali Umair, Ali Raza (goalkeepers), Asad Aziz, Mubashir Ali, Mohammad Sohail Manzoor, Tazeem-ul-Hassan, Faizan, Taimur Malik, Rana Sohail Riaz, Shajeeh Ahmed (captain), Mohammad Atiq (vice-captain), Samiullah, Shan Irshad, Abdul Jabbar, Mohammad Naveed, Nohaiz Zahid Malik, Awais-ur-Rehman and Amir Ali.