26 July, 2014 / Ramazan 27, 1435

Pakistan rested four seniors and have sent out a fairly young team for this year's Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, being played in Ipoh, Malaysia from March 9-17. The Greenshirts will face New Zealand, Australia, India, Malaysia and South Korea in the initial stage of the tournament. Pakistan's recent performances including a gold medal at the Asian Champions Trophy and a bronze medal at the Champions Trophy have raised the bar for the team and expectations are high.

Pakistan's coach, Hanif Khan, has said that the tournament will provide good exposure for the youngsters and be a good test for them.

Dawn.com met up with the hockey team before they left to participate in the Azlan Shah Cup - get to know who's who in Pakistan's national hockey team . - Photos by Sara Faruqi/Dawn.com, text by Tabinda Siddiqi/Dawn.com

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Name: Ali Shan
<br />Age: 25
<br />Position: Left out
<br />Birthplace: Kasur
<br />Height: 5?10
<br />Weight: 64 kilograms
<br />Playing since: 2011
<br />Pre-match ritual: Listening to music
<br />Career highlight: 2012 Asian Champions Trophy gold
<br />Other sports : Football
Name: Ali Shan <br />Age: 25 <br />Position: Left out <br />Birthplace: Kasur <br />Height: 5?10 <br />Weight: 64 kilograms <br />Playing since: 2011 <br />Pre-match ritual: Listening to music <br />Career highlight: 2012 Asian Champions Trophy gold <br />Other sports : Football
Name: Amir Shehzad
<br />Age: 24
<br />Position: Left half
<br />Height: 5?6
<br />Weight: 67 kilograms
<br />Playing since: 2008
<br />Pre-match ritual: Praying
<br />Favourite player: Waseem Ahmed
<br />Other sports : Football
Name: Amir Shehzad <br />Age: 24 <br />Position: Left half <br />Height: 5?6 <br />Weight: 67 kilograms <br />Playing since: 2008 <br />Pre-match ritual: Praying <br />Favourite player: Waseem Ahmed <br />Other sports : Football
Name: Fareed Ahmed
<br />Age: 26
<br />Birthplace: Sialkot
<br />Height: 5?8
<br />Weight: 67 kilograms
<br />Position: Half back
<br />Playing since: 2008
<br />Pre-match ritual: <br />Listening to music; favourite: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
<br />Career highlight: 2010 Asian Games
<br />Favourite hockey player: Waseem Ahmed
<br />Other sports : Tennis
Name: Fareed Ahmed <br />Age: 26 <br />Birthplace: Sialkot <br />Height: 5?8 <br />Weight: 67 kilograms <br />Position: Half back <br />Playing since: 2008 <br />Pre-match ritual: <br />Listening to music; favourite: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan <br />Career highlight: 2010 Asian Games <br />Favourite hockey player: Waseem Ahmed <br />Other sports : Tennis
Name: Imran Butt
<br />Age: 24
<br />Birthplace: Lahore
<br />Position: Goalkeeper
<br />
Height: 5?10
<br />Weight: 73 kilograms
<br />Playing since: 2005
<br />Pre-match ritual: Listening to music; favourite: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
<br />Career highlight: 2012 Champions Trophy bronze and playing at the 2012 London
Olympics
<br />Favourite hockey player: Salman Akbar
<br />Other sports : Cricket and football
Name: Imran Butt <br />Age: 24 <br />Birthplace: Lahore <br />Position: Goalkeeper <br /> Height: 5?10 <br />Weight: 73 kilograms <br />Playing since: 2005 <br />Pre-match ritual: Listening to music; favourite: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan <br />Career highlight: 2012 Champions Trophy bronze and playing at the 2012 London Olympics <br />Favourite hockey player: Salman Akbar <br />Other sports : Cricket and football
Name: Imran Shah<br />Age: 24<br />Birthplace: Gojra<br />Height: 5?10<br />Weight: 71 kilograms<br />Playing since: 2010<br />Position: Goalkeper<br />Pre-match ritual: Reading the Quran<br />Career highlight: 2010 Commonwealth Games<br />Favourite player: Kieran Govers (Australia)<br />Other sports : Badminton
Name: Imran Shah<br />Age: 24<br />Birthplace: Gojra<br />Height: 5?10<br />Weight: 71 kilograms<br />Playing since: 2010<br />Position: Goalkeper<br />Pre-match ritual: Reading the Quran<br />Career highlight: 2010 Commonwealth Games<br />Favourite player: Kieran Govers (Australia)<br />Other sports : Badminton
Name: Syed Kashif Shah
<br />Age: 19
<br />Birthplace: Okara
<br />Height: 5?10
<br />Weight: 68 kilograms
<br />Playing since: 2010
<br />Position: Defender
<br />Pre-match ritual: Eating pasta because it is rich in carbohydrates
<br />Career highlight: 2012 Asian Champions Trophy gold medal
<br />Favourite player: Shakeel Abbasi
<br />Other sports : Football
Name: Syed Kashif Shah <br />Age: 19 <br />Birthplace: Okara <br />Height: 5?10 <br />Weight: 68 kilograms <br />Playing since: 2010 <br />Position: Defender <br />Pre-match ritual: Eating pasta because it is rich in carbohydrates <br />Career highlight: 2012 Asian Champions Trophy gold medal <br />Favourite player: Shakeel Abbasi <br />Other sports : Football
Name: Mohamamd Atiq
<br />
Height: 6?3
<br />Weight: 83 kilograms
<br />Position: Full back
<br />Playing since: 2003
<br />Pre-match ritual: Praying
<br />Career highlight: 2012 Asian Champions Trophy
<br />Favourite player: Shahbaz Ahmed (senior)
<br />Other sports : Football
Name: Mohamamd Atiq <br /> Height: 6?3 <br />Weight: 83 kilograms <br />Position: Full back <br />Playing since: 2003 <br />Pre-match ritual: Praying <br />Career highlight: 2012 Asian Champions Trophy <br />Favourite player: Shahbaz Ahmed (senior) <br />Other sports : Football
Name: Mohammad Imran
<br />Age: 34
<br />Height: 5?8
<br />Weight: 75 kilograms
<br />Playing since: 2004
<br />Position: Full back
<br />Pre-match ritual: Reading the Quran
<br />Favourite player: Shahbaz Ahmed (senior)
<br />Career highlight: 2010 Asian Champions Trophy gold
<br />Other sports : Football
Name: Mohammad Imran <br />Age: 34 <br />Height: 5?8 <br />Weight: 75 kilograms <br />Playing since: 2004 <br />Position: Full back <br />Pre-match ritual: Reading the Quran <br />Favourite player: Shahbaz Ahmed (senior) <br />Career highlight: 2010 Asian Champions Trophy gold <br />Other sports : Football
Name: Mohammad Imran (junior)
<br />Position: Left out
<br />Birthplace: Kasur
<br />Age: 24
<br />Height: 5?9
<br />Weight: 65 kilograms
<br />Playing since: 2012
<br />Pre-match ritual: Exercise
<br />Favourite player: Shahbaz Ahmed (senior)
<br />Other sports : Cricket
Name: Mohammad Imran (junior) <br />Position: Left out <br />Birthplace: Kasur <br />Age: 24 <br />Height: 5?9 <br />Weight: 65 kilograms <br />Playing since: 2012 <br />Pre-match ritual: Exercise <br />Favourite player: Shahbaz Ahmed (senior) <br />Other sports : Cricket
Name: Mohammad Irfan
<br />Age: 24
<br />Birthplace: Gojra
<br />Position: Full back
<br />Height: 5?10
<br />Weight: 75 kilograms
<br />Playing since: 2008
<br />Pre-match ritual: Drinking coffee
<br />Career highlight: Man of the match award in 2010 against Australia
<br />Favourite player: Sohail Abbas
<br />Other sports : Football
Name: Mohammad Irfan <br />Age: 24 <br />Birthplace: Gojra <br />Position: Full back <br />Height: 5?10 <br />Weight: 75 kilograms <br />Playing since: 2008 <br />Pre-match ritual: Drinking coffee <br />Career highlight: Man of the match award in 2010 against Australia <br />Favourite player: Sohail Abbas <br />Other sports : Football
Name: Mohammad Irfan (junior)
<br />Age: 19
<br />Birthplace: Kasur
<br />Height: 5?9
<br />Weight: 61 kilograms
<br />Playing since: 2009
<br />Pre-match ritual: Eating pasta
<br />Favourite hockey player: Mohammad Arshad
<br />Other sports : Cricket
Name: Mohammad Irfan (junior) <br />Age: 19 <br />Birthplace: Kasur <br />Height: 5?9 <br />Weight: 61 kilograms <br />Playing since: 2009 <br />Pre-match ritual: Eating pasta <br />Favourite hockey player: Mohammad Arshad <br />Other sports : Cricket
Name: Mohammad Rizwan (junior)
<br />Age: 18
<br />Birthplace: Gujranwala
<br />Position: Half back
<br />Height: 5?8
<br />Weight: 66 kilograms
<br />Playing since: 2011
<br />Pre-match ritual: Praying
<br />Career highlight: <br />Playing at the 2012 London Olympics
<br />Favourite hockey player: Rashid Mahmood
<br />Other sports : Cricket
Name: Mohammad Rizwan (junior) <br />Age: 18 <br />Birthplace: Gujranwala <br />Position: Half back <br />Height: 5?8 <br />Weight: 66 kilograms <br />Playing since: 2011 <br />Pre-match ritual: Praying <br />Career highlight: <br />Playing at the 2012 London Olympics <br />Favourite hockey player: Rashid Mahmood <br />Other sports : Cricket
Name: Mohammad Suleman
<br />Age: 23
<br />Height: 6?1
<br />Weight: 79 kilograms
<br />Position: Right forward
<br />Playing since: 2003
<br />Pre-match ritual: Praying
<br />Career highlight: Making debut for Pakistan
<br />Favourite player: Rehan Butt
<br />Other sports : Tennis
Name: Mohammad Suleman <br />Age: 23 <br />Height: 6?1 <br />Weight: 79 kilograms <br />Position: Right forward <br />Playing since: 2003 <br />Pre-match ritual: Praying <br />Career highlight: Making debut for Pakistan <br />Favourite player: Rehan Butt <br />Other sports : Tennis
Name: Shafqat Rasool
<br />Age: 24
<br />Birthplace: Toba Tek Singh
<br />Positon: Forward
<br />Height: 5?6
<br />Weight: 65 kilograms
<br />Playing since: 2007
<br />Pre-match ritual: Listening to music; favourite: Salman Ahmed
<br />Career highlight: Asian Games 2010
<br />Favourite hockey player: Shahbaz Ahmed (sr.)
<br />Other sports : Kabaddi
Name: Shafqat Rasool <br />Age: 24 <br />Birthplace: Toba Tek Singh <br />Positon: Forward <br />Height: 5?6 <br />Weight: 65 kilograms <br />Playing since: 2007 <br />Pre-match ritual: Listening to music; favourite: Salman Ahmed <br />Career highlight: Asian Games 2010 <br />Favourite hockey player: Shahbaz Ahmed (sr.) <br />Other sports : Kabaddi
Name: Syed Kashif Shah
<br />Age: 19
<br />Birthplace: Okara
<br />Height: 5?10
<br />Weight: 68 kilograms
<br />Playing since: 2010
<br />Position: Defender
<br />Pre-match ritual: Eating pasta because it is rich in carbohydrates
<br />Career highlight: 2012 Asian Champions Trophy gold medal
<br />Favourite player: Shakeel Abbasi
<br />Other sports : Football
Name: Syed Kashif Shah <br />Age: 19 <br />Birthplace: Okara <br />Height: 5?10 <br />Weight: 68 kilograms <br />Playing since: 2010 <br />Position: Defender <br />Pre-match ritual: Eating pasta because it is rich in carbohydrates <br />Career highlight: 2012 Asian Champions Trophy gold medal <br />Favourite player: Shakeel Abbasi <br />Other sports : Football
Name: Kashif Ali
<br />Birthplace: Okara
<br />Height: 5?6
<br />Weight: 66 kilograms
<br />Playing since: 2010
<br />Position: Centre forward
<br />Pre-match ritual: Reading the Quran
<br />Career highlight: 2012 Asian Champions Trophy gold
<br />Other sports : Football
Name: Kashif Ali <br />Birthplace: Okara <br />Height: 5?6 <br />Weight: 66 kilograms <br />Playing since: 2010 <br />Position: Centre forward <br />Pre-match ritual: Reading the Quran <br />Career highlight: 2012 Asian Champions Trophy gold <br />Other sports : Football
Name: Waqas Sharif
<br />Age: 25
<br />Birthplace: Sialkot
<br />Position: Right out
<br />Height: 6?0
<br />Weight: 76 kilograms
<br />Playing since: 2005
<br />Pre-match ritual: Eating ice cream
<br />Favorite hockey player: Shakeel Abbasi
<br />Career highlight: Asian Champions Trophy 2012
<br />Other sports: Football
Name: Waqas Sharif <br />Age: 25 <br />Birthplace: Sialkot <br />Position: Right out <br />Height: 6?0 <br />Weight: 76 kilograms <br />Playing since: 2005 <br />Pre-match ritual: Eating ice cream <br />Favorite hockey player: Shakeel Abbasi <br />Career highlight: Asian Champions Trophy 2012 <br />Other sports: Football

Comments (2) (Closed)


Ahmed j
Mar 08, 2013 10:35am
All the players are from Punjab, covering only the area from Sialkot to Okara. The war on terror for the US has ruined the sports from the province of KPK. Great players like fullback Qazi Muhib from Bannu and centre half Ayaz and forward Musaddiq from Peshawar are few great players to remember. There is also no representation from Karachi as well. Samiullah, Kalimullah and Hanif Khan were the greats. One must question, what we achieved and what all is lost.
zainkhan@yahoo.com
Mar 08, 2013 08:33am
Best of luck greenshirts...