Abu Bakar Mahmood
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Pakistan will play all of their Pro League games away from home due to security issues in the country

The PHF has since claimed it is hopeful of resolving the funding crisis and has appealed to the Government and the private sector for sponsorship.

They are scheduled to face Argentina in Cordoba in their opening match on February 2 before they head to Australia and New Zealand for their next round of games later in the month.

FIH chief executive Thierry Weil, said getting support is extremely complicated for hockey in Pakistan.

“It is clearly the national association that is most struggling to get the necessary funds and other things that they need to get together for this reason.

“We are monitoring that and we are talking to Pakistan about how we can assist but at the end of the day they will need to make it happen in the way they have committed to.” said Weil.

The FIH Pro Hockey league will feature nine national teams in the men’s and women’s competitions, playing each other home and away over a six-month period followed by semi-finals and a final.

Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Germany, Britain, the Netherlands and New Zealand will play in the men’s and women’s leagues with Pakistan and Spain completing the lineup in the men’s and China and the USA in the women’s.

India, eight-times men’s Olympic champions, are not taking part, having pulled out 18 months ago as the federation did not believe it would benefit the women’s team and did not want only the men’s team to take part.