Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) recently invited bids for Pakistan Hockey Super League (PHSL) through advertisement in newspapers. Such tournaments are a step forward to revive hockey in Pakistan once again.
It will become Pakistan’s first hockey super league modeled like cricket tournament ‘Pakistan Super League (PSL)’ in which different franchises own different teams.
Pakistan Hockey Super League will be held in February, 2019. There will be 6 teams representing following cities:
The invitation of bid which was advertised regarding the tournament is applicable for:
- Team Franchise
- Broadcasting Revenue
- Media Revenue
- Sponsorship Revenue
- Ticket Sale revenue
- Merchandise Revenue
Haier Pakistan also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Pakistan Hockey Federation to become the main sponsor of the national hockey team till 2020.
Haier Pakistan signs an MOU with PHF in which Haier will be the main title sponsor for the Hockey Team till 2020. Together with PHF, we will bring Hockey back to its long-vanished grandeur and will contribute to the further development of the game. ??? #HaierSavesHockey pic.twitter.com/aGrLqbYSWC
— Javed Afridi ???? (@JAfridi10) November 10, 2018
These events are happening at a time when Pakistan Hockey Federation was facing financial problems.
The caretaker government stopped the Rs. 200 million grant for PHF and just before Asian Games the hockey players announced that they will not participate in the games if their daily allowances are not given.
Hockey is Pakistan’s national game in which once we were the champions. Pakistani team won 4 World Cups, 3 Champions Trophy and 3 Olympics Gold Medal.
Leagues such as PHSL will revive the spirit and enhance the capabilities of players resulting in a team capable of winning international tournaments once again.