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LAHORE: Pakistan senior volleyball team will leave for Japan from Karachi tomorrow (Tuesday) to feature in the 21st Asian Men’s Senior Volleyball Championship which will be held in Chiba and Funabashi from September 12-19.
In the continental event Pakistan have been placed in Group B with defending champions Iran, Thailand and Hong Kong. The record nine-time champions and the last edition’s bronze medallists Japan, India, Qatar and Bahrain have been put in Group A, Group C carries three-time champions China, last edition’s runners-up and former champions Australia, Sri Lanka and Kuwait while four-time champions South Korea, Chinese Taipei, Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia have been placed in Group D.
Pakistan will face Thailand in their first game on September 12. This will be followed by their match against Hong Kong on September 13 and tough Iran on September 14. Top two teams from each group will then make it to the quarter-finals league.
Squad: Aimal Khan (captain), Sheraz, Mubashir Raza, Musawwar Khan, Mohammad Hamad, Fakhar Uddin, Muhammad Kashif Naveed, Maazullah Khan, Abdul Zaheer, Hamid Yazman, Murad Khan, Afaq Khan, Nasir Ali, Usman Faryad Ali, Muhammad Taufeeq (manager), Rahman Mohammadirad (head coach), Saeed Ahmad Khan Sady (assistant coach), Ihsan Iqbal (assistant coach), Armin Golkari (analyzer), Ubaid Ullah Shah (international referee).