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Pakistan hockey team not to take China lightly
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Pakistan hockey team will go for a win and won't be taking China lightly in its forthcoming five match test series, local media quoted a Pakistani sports official as saying on Wednesday.

During the team's training session on Tuesday, Pakistan's national selection committee member Col Mudassar Asghar said that though China is not a tough rival but Pakistan has lost a couple of matches to this team.

"China is not a tough opponent but we have lost some of the matches against them. So we won't be taking them lightly. It's a team which can spring a surprise. And you never know what happens and never take any team lightly," Asghar told The Nation daily.

"We would be fighting to win matches against China and the series would also be helpful for the team to prepare and understand the conditions before the 2008 Olympics," he added.

He further stated that the selection is a combination of experience and youth and same combination would be selected for the China series.

The hockey camp training will continue till the team's departure for the series and the team, besides physical training, would also be holding practice matches.

Meanwhile, the main player Imran Warsi, who was injured at the start of the camp, has gained fitness and joined the camp.

(Xinhua News Agency February 28, 2008)

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