LAHORE - Former captain Shahbaz Ahmed is likely to be made manager-cum-chief coach of the Pakistan senior hockey team and PHF chief Qasim Zia will announce it at a press conference on Thursday. A PHF sources revealed that former captain Shahbaz Ahmed is likely to be appointed the manager and the chief coach of Pakistan hockey team. He was earlier not ready for resuming this responsibility but the PHF chief convinced him to accept the challenge. Qualified coach Qamar Ibrahim has been assigned the responsibility of junior team while Ahmed Alam and Danish Kaleem will be working with him as assistant coaches. For the selection committee, Hasan Sardar is being given the position of chief selector. Sources said that the management of senior and junior teams will be paid salaries. President Pakistan Hockey Federation Qasim Zia will make the final announcement of the team management and the selection committee at a press conference on Thursday. Zia said that the consideration of the names for selectors and the management has begun in this regard and the names would be announced after consultation. Zia said that the promotion of hockey at grass-root level and its restoration is his first priority. The PHF academies in 11 districts will start their work from January 1. The President PHF will unfold the various organizational steps being taken for the promotion of the game and will also announce appointments for various assignments.