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Pakistan move up to fifth spot in FIH rankings


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Pakistan hockey team celebrate with their medals. -Photo by AFP

KARACHI: Pakistan moved up to number five in the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Men's World Rankings, four spots up from their previous ranking of number nine, according to the newly released rankings. 

The Greenshirts' jump in the rankings comes makes them the most improved team after they clinched the bronze medal at the recently-concluded Champions Trophy in Melbourne, Australia. Pakistan's Shakeel Abbasi was also adjudged the best player of the tournament after his impressive display throughout the event.

Pakistan pulled off an upset in the quarterfinal against Germany and were thrashed by the Netherlands in the semifinal of the eight-nation event. They bounced back from the loss to beat India 3-2 in the third-fourth place play-off match and secure the bronze medal.

“It was not an overnight achievement but a concerted effort of the federation. In the coming years, hopefully we will have a much better side,” Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) secretary Asif Bajwa said.

He added that the federation will also pursue its plan for improvement in 2013-2014 to further lift the performance of the team before the World Cup.

The top four positions remained unchanged, with London Olympics champions Germany at number one, followed by Australia, Netherlands and England.

New Zealand are one spot behind Pakistan, followed by Spain, Korea, Belgium and Argentina while India are ranked 11.

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Waqas Nawaz (@waqas5558) Dec 11, 2012 08:44pm
Wow Impressive
skeptic Dec 11, 2012 09:18pm
great news. now up the ante team, top four is the big boys league and it would be great if Pakistan can achieve as a next step be part of this group again on more consistent bases.
nisar Dec 11, 2012 09:56pm
Well done Pakistan we are proud of you. We also feel sorry for the political gang led by Samiullah. Please let the players play the game
Owais Dec 12, 2012 04:37am
Congrats Pak team,
caramelizedonion Dec 12, 2012 01:36am
Went and the saw the team on Saturday against the Netherlands, the boys looked determined with whatever they were provided. I hope at least a nice place to stay was arranged for them, as they represent 180million people. I also hope they had a proper kit and proper equipment for training.
Mustafa Dec 12, 2012 03:11am
Shabash Team Pakistan. I hope the team remains gelled and keep on winning.
Asif Ali Khan. Toronto. Canada Dec 12, 2012 01:45pm
Way to go Pakistan Hockey Team congratulations... Pak sur zameen shadbad.