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LONDON: Hockey selector Chaudhry Arshad has suggested to the senior players in the Pakistan team to hang up their boots to help the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) raise a new-look team for the 2014 World Cup.

Talking to Dawn, Arshad a former Olympian said: “I believe the seniors have played their innings and now the next big event is World Cup 2014, so we have time to raise a formidable side for the event.

“All the seniors should follow their colleague Waseem Ahmed who called it a day soon after the South Korea game,” he said.

Arshad further said that hockey has become a power game and only young legs could perform better in the game, therefore the seniors do not have much scope in future.

While Waseem has retired from international hockey, a similar decision is expected from captain Sohail Abbas once he reaches home.

Other senior players who are now in the twilight of their careers are Rehan Butt and Shakeel Abbasi and they may soon take a decision on their future in international hockey.

To a question, Arshad admitted that head coach Akhtar Rasool should have more powers as it was the practice the world over.

“In modern hockey, coaches are being given more powers and same equation should be adopted in Pakistan,” he said.

He said the PHF would have to take some bold decisions to put the game back on the track and improvement in world ranking should be considered as a ray of hope for the future.

“Though we could not reach the podium in London, we performed satisfactorily and improved the ranking from eighth to seventh by winning three matches, losing two and drawing one,” he observed.

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aaa
August 11, 2012 11:20 am
Akhtar Rasool coach then why you expect senior players to hang up .... 1st change the coach get someone who can really coach & keep up with the stamina of young players
Junk
August 11, 2012 10:13 am
Isn't he the who selected the team? I think he is the one who should hang their boots.
ajay
August 11, 2012 10:30 am
What an untoward remark. Why the senior players hang their boots. Let the new blood come and prove their mettle to make place in the hockey squad. All new and old should remain together and the best men should form a team.
ajay
August 11, 2012 10:04 am
What an untoward remark. Why the senior players hang their boots. Let the new blood come and prove their mettle to make place in the hockey squad. All new and old should remain together and the best men should form a team. Do not forget, senior players were suspended before the Olympics and the young hockey team played pre-Olympics games and lost all the matches. Seeing this the seniors were re-inducted only few days before the Olympics 2012 squad. If that had not happened we would have been worst than Indians who lost all their Olympics hockey matches.
SMKhan
August 11, 2012 10:18 am
From 8th to 7th ! - Mr. Arshad ,Please spare us. What a clumsy comment.
Rizwan
August 11, 2012 1:39 pm
all these senior players were at one time junior, fresh young blood, strong legs etc etc Chaudary sahab, why did you fail to raise a strong formidable team back then?
aziz
August 12, 2012 3:39 am
Senior players were the reason why Pakistan was 7th....... I really don't understand why these ignorant people keep calling for such actions. Let every one who wants to play play.
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