Preview by Chris McAsey

Training camps have been held across Pakistan to select players for the women’s and men’s teams to compete in the AFL Asia Championships in Chon Buri this weekend.

In an exciting development, after a concerted fundraising drive and generous support from supporters, the women’s team will compete at the Championships this year.

Abdul Jabbar Chaudrey, Director of Game Development for AFL Pakistan, says the Markhor’s ground-breaking win in Division 3 of the 2022 Men’s Championships has driven participation and development in the past year.

One of many development clinics across Pakistan as the sport continues to grow.

‘National selection camps have been held in Islamabad, Lahore, Swabi, Multan and Bhawalpur with over 50 players trialling for the men’s team.

‘As much as we would love all our championship winning players to participate again, we have many talented players coming through.

‘Our coaches and selection panel have hunted for the best players to compete at this year’s championships.’

Training camps have been fierce as players fight for spots in the 2023 national team.

After the Markhor’s stunning result in 2022 and elevation to Men’s Division 2 this year, the question is: can Team Pakistan back it up with another strong showing?

‘As you are aware we are the defending champions of Division 3 and this year we are among the big boys,’ Addul says.

‘We look forward to maintaining our winning streak at the championships!’

The 2023 Pakistan Markhors making the jump into Division 2 this year.

Players backing up from last year’s Champs

Our player of the tournament last year Attique is in top form for his return to Thailand. We also have a host of experienced players including Tauheed, Ahmed, Inam and captain Talah who will lead the way at the Champs.

New gun players to watch out for

We have a lot of emerging players such as Bilawal, Yasir, Asad and Hamza who cover the ground quickly and are looking dangerous.

The women’s national team will make their Asian Championships debut at the 2023 event.