ISLAMABAD, Oct 19 (APP): Mohammad Irfan Senior, the captain designate of Pakistan hockey team for the 4th Asian Champions Trophy is not able to join the national team in Malaysia for the event as he could not get his passport back from a foreign embassy in time.

The event is commencing in the Malaysian city of Kuantan from Thursday.

Pakistan team has already reached Kuantan and will play its first match on Friday, said a press release issued by Pakistan Hockey Federation.

Faisal Qadir is going to Malaysia as Irfan’s replacement, while Fareed Ahmed will now captain the Pakistan team and Haseem Khan will be the vice-captain.

The PHF said it was unaware that Mohammad Irfan Senior had submitted his passport to some foreign embassy.

Necessary disciplinary action would be initiated against him, it added.