ISLAMABAD - Secretary Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Women's Wing Perveen Gill said Friday that Pakistan Under-18 Girls would face Japan in their opening fixture of the Asian Girls' Under-18 Hockey Championship, which will be held from July 20 to 26 at Shanghai, China. While talking to The Nation here at Fatima Jinnah Hostel Pakistan Sports Complex, she said that green shirts would take on South Korea in their second match of the prominent international hockey showpiece. "Hosts China, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand are in the other group. However, Malaysia and Singapore pulled out their teams from the regional hockey event," she maintained. Perveen further said that PHF women's wings made best efforts to form the national team due to religious, social and cultural constraints. "We are facing countless hurdles in bringing the girls to playing hockey. The parents have their own apprehensions. We are protecting the girls during the camps like our own children. It will be a remarkable achievement to make appearance in the international event in such conditions," she viewed. She said that federation was providing all international standard facilities to the national outfits during the camp. "We enhanced the daily allowances of the girls to offer an incentive. After finalising the squad for the Asian Hockey Championship each girls is pocketing Rs.350 per day. However, each member of the team will get $50 during the foreign tour per day," secretary PHF women's wing described. She said that the government was treating hockey like a stepmother for last 20 years. "The high ups should pay their ears to hockey, as it is our national game. Hockey should be mandatory sports in all educational organizations including government and private. The numbers of ground should also be enhanced to provide maximum opportunities to budding players to show their talent to excel at national and international level," she concluded. Squad: Perveen Sakinder Gil (manager), Anjum Saeed (coach), Shahista Javad (assistant coach), Mushtaq Ahmed (assistant coach), Shazia Yousaf (official), Dr. Hina Raiz (physio), Nazia Rehmat (captain), Ayesha Bashir (vice captain), Imrana Sittar, Saeeda Rehmat, Ishrat Abbas, Nafeesa Anwar, Nadia Begum, Zakia Nawaz, Shahida Raza, Hafiza Rabia, Sadia Akram, Fazeelat Rashid, Taskeen Kausar, Ayesha Rafiq, Muqaddas Akbar, Anaeza Bashir, Tahira Perveen, Sahil Malik.