Indo-Pak hockey Test series in Sept

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:06 IST

After the successful resumption of cricketing ties between India and Pakistan, the arch-rivals will battle for supremacy in a hockey Test series.

Indo-Pak hockey Test series in Sept

New Delhi:

After the successful resumption of cricketing ties between India and Pakistan, the arch-rivals will battle for supremacy in a hockey Test series - the first of its kind in five years. According to Indian Hockey Federation chief KPS Gill, India would host the four-match Test series in September.After this, the Indian team would cross the border to play the same number of matches in Pakistan. Gill said IHF and the Pakistan Hockey Federation were spurred by the success of the recently held cricket series between the two countries in Pakistan and the visit of junior hockey team to that country, where it won its maiden Asia Cup title. "The Indo-Pak Test series will not only help the players but also rekindle the interest and passion for the game in both the countries," Gill told reporters. The much-awaited Test series would be an annual affair. The venues for the four Tests in India are yet to be decided. The IHF chief said the series would also ensure financial gains for the Indian players. "This series will be boon for the Indian players who would stand to gain Rs 1 lakh each within 20 days," he said. Even though both the sides have played each other in multi-nation competitions, they met for the last time in a bilateral series in 1999 when Pakistan beat India 6-3 in a nine-match Test series. (PTI)



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