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PHF announces 18 member squad for Asia Cup

KARACHI: Pakistan hockey team chief selector, Islahuddin on Monday announced 18-member squad for 18th Asian games slated to start from 20 August in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia. Islahuddin while briefing to the media here at Islahuddin hockey academy said that seeing the team’s performance improved under the captaincy of Rizwan Senior, he has been given a chance to keep on leading the men in green. The other team members include Imran Butt (Goal Keeper), Amjad Ali, Irfan Jr, Mubashir, Faisal Qadir, Rashid, Amad…

Hockey Champions Trophy: Pakistan beat Argentina 4-1 in must win clash

BREDA: Pakistan hockey team finally registered their first victory with a huge 4-1 margin over top-ranked Argentina in the last edition of Hockey Champions Trophy in Breda on Thursday. Following the defeats against India, Australia and a latest 4-0 against Netherlands on Tuesday, Pakistan were having a very few chances to remain in the tournament. However the green shirts showed some powerful techniques to prove as a surprising package for the Argentinians. In a do-or-die match, Muhammad Irfan Jr came up with an…

Hockey Champions Trophy: Will Pakistan be able to make a comeback?

By Muzammil Asif NETHERLANDS: Pakistan faced three back to back defeats with the latest against fourth ranked Netherlands by 4-0 in the last edition of Champions Trophy in Breda on Tuesday. Pakistan earlier lost against arch-rivals India 4-0 in opener of the tournament to give a disappointed start to their campaign followed by Australia who beat them 2-1 to make their position in serious danger. Despite appointing experienced Goal-keeper Imran Butt to make difference in their keeping department, Pakistan failed to…

Champions Trophy: Indian hockey team beats Pakistan 4-0 in inaugural match

BREDA:  Indian hockey team beat Pakistan 4-0 in the opening match of the  Hockey Champions Trophy in Netherland's Breda city on Saturday, ARY News reported. With Pakistan pulling out their goalkeeper in last five minutes of the game, Indians India upped their ante in attack to find three splendid breakthroughs in the 54th, 57th and 60th minute to end opening match with a 4-0 win. All of the goals came from open play, with Birendra Lakra putting India in front four minutes ahead of half time before Dilpreet Singh…

Gen Bajwa meets World XI hockey players

RAWALPINDI: International hockey players from the visiting World X1 team and several Pakistan hockey legends on Tuesday met with Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa. According to a statement from the Inter Services Public Relations, the army chief appreciated the initiative by the Pakistan Hockey Federation for bringing the world players to Pakistan. He assured PHF of Pakistan Army’s support for provision of security for international hockey matches and revival of the national game. PHF president Brig…

Senator Raja Zafar inaugurates Quaid-e-Azam Inter-Provincial Games 2017

ISLAMABAD: Senator Raja Zafar-ul-Haq on Monday blamed the spoils system for underachievement of Pakistan in cricket, hockey and squash. "Pakistan had a lot of talent but there was a need for planned and sincere efforts to revive the country’s status in international circuit," he said while addressing during colourful inaugural ceremony of Quaid-e-Azam Inter-Provincial Games 2017 at the Pakistan Sports Complex, Islamabad. The five-day event will last till December 29. 3700 athletes and team officials, technical…

Hockey World XI to visit Pakistan next year

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Hockey Federation has invited a World XI team to the country which will arrive on January 10. Addressing a press conference, PHF President retired Brigadier Khalid Sajjad Khokhar said that Pakistan Army has ensured to provide all possible security facilities for the tour. He said that apart from the Pakistan Army, the interior minister and provincial governments have also expressed support and full cooperation for the event. Khokhar announced that matches with World XI will also be held in…

CM Sindh vows to restore lost glories of hockey

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Thursday said that he would support Pakistan Hockey Federation restore lost glories if it starts training camps in rural areas of Sindh. The chief minister was discussing promotion of hockey with members of Pakistan Hockey Federation including President PHF Brig. (retd) Muhammad Khalid Sajjad Khokhar and Secretary General Shahbaz Ahmed Senior. Sports Minister Muhammad Bux Maher was also present. He said that Sindh Sports Department has developed hockey stadiums at…

Pride of Pakistan: Sohail Abbas

Sohail Abbas, who is known as the ultimate penalty corner specialist, holds the record for scoring most number of goals in field hockey with 348 goals to his name surpassing the Dutch great Paul Litjen. Abbas, made his debut for Pakistan in 1998 during 7th Pakistan-India series as a defender. The 23-year old then, used to sit on the bench and only come on the field to take the penalty corner as he was the specialist of dragging and flicking the ball. Later the rule changed of bringing substitute to take penalty corner…

Pakistan out of Junior Hockey World Cup in India

LUCKNOW: The International Hockey Federation (FIH) invited the Malaysian junior men’s team to take part in the Uttar Pradesh Hockey Junior World Cup Men, Lucknow 2016, being held in India from 8 to 18 December. The FIH which is now headed by India's Narinder Batra officially withdrew Pakistan's invitation to the event. "FIH regrets that Pakistan's men’s junior team will not be able to take part in this year’s Uttar Pradesh Hockey Junior World Cup even though they had officially qualified. FIH's decision follows…