LAHORE: Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has appointed PHF secretary Asif Bajwa as manager and Olympian goalkeeper Shahid Ali Khan as coach of the Pakistan hockey team.
This decision was taken at a meeting of the PHF executive board, chaired by president of the federation Qasim Zia, here at the National Hockey Stadium on Friday.
While giving a briefing to media after the meeting, Qasim Zia said that the national airlines have not released Ayaz Mahmood due to his technical job while they had no problem in releasing Shahid Ali Khan as he is in their sports department.
He said that this is not the first experience to appoint a goalkeeper as coach and the secretary as manager of the national team and there have been good results of such experiences in the past.
Qasim Zia said that Sohail Abbas, Wasim Ahmed, Rehan Butt and Salman Akbar have to report at the camp three weeks before the Asia Cup otherwise they would not be included in the team. They cannot be banned as they have already made contracts for the league hockey.
However, six other players have already been invited to the camp in the place of these players.
He said that the central contract would be awarded to the players on the basis of their performance in the Asia Cup.
The PHF president told that a manual of the academies have been prepared and now hockey would be played under the same syllabus in all academies.