International hockey series gets under way: two matches decided.

LAHORE -- Uzbekistan and hosts Pakistan notched up high scoring victories to take a fine start in the Haier International Hockey series here at the National Hockey Stadium on Monday.

Uzbekistan routed Afghanistan 11-0 and Pakistan President XI outshone Nepal 9-0 on the opening day in the two one-sided matches.

Punjab Law Minister Raja Basharat was the chief guest at the opening ceremony of the FIH event. He was accompanied by the President PHF Brig (retd) Khalid Sajjad Khokhar and officials of PHF and Punjab Hockey Association.

It is pertinent to mention that Pakistan President XI is appearing as a guest team. Their matches are all 'friendly games' and carry no points towards the actual tournament.

In the match between two beginners in the international hockey, Uzbek side completely dominated against Afghanistan and impressed with their hard work and...

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