December 20 - Pakistan and the Netherlands will play a two test hockey matches series in Doha next month, it was announced today.

The matches, due to take place on January 20 and January 21, will be part of Pakistan's preparations for the World Cup, which starts in New Delhi on February 28. 
The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) have also invited India and Argentina to play test matches series in a neutral venue after this series.

Pakistan are currently unable to host matches in their home country because of the security situation there.

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has twice moved the elite six-nation Champions Trophy out of Pakistan in the last four years due to security concerns.

Leonardo Negre, the President of the FIH, said in October that they would try to convince other countries to play matches in Pakistan but foreign teams remain unwilling to travel there.
Pakistan has been hit hard by security concerns in recent years, especially after militants attacked the Sri Lanka cricket team in Lahore in March.
Six Pakistani policemen and a van driver were killed and six Sri Lanka players were wounded.
Nearly 3,000 people in Pakistan have been killed since security forces launched a military operation against Taliban militants in April.

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