Muscat: In the wake of India's decision to cancel a hockey series with Pakistan next month, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) has proposed the use of a neutral venue such as Bangladesh.
Speaking to Times Sport yesterday, Leandro Negre, the president of FIH, said he would suggest the idea to Hockey India and the Pakistan Hockey Federation in the coming days.
"I have not yet spoken with either of these federations, but we can ask them to consider playing in a neutral venue like Bangladesh," he stated.
India was scheduled to host the Pakistan men's hockey team from April 5 to 15 for a five-match Test series across the country, followed by a return tour in Pakistan in May.
The decision to cancel the series was made by the Indian government after the recent attack on Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in Srinagar.
"I have good friends in both countries, and I have even played against players from both India and Pakistan. I am sure a settlement can be reached soon. "To me, Bangladesh is a good option because it follows hockey with interest and even has stadiums with a seating capacity of 100,000. "I will speak with both sports associations soon," he added.