Former coach Olympia Shahnaz Sheikh has asked the government to provide the Pakistani team with the necessary funds to participate in the 2019 First Hockey Pro League, but previously dissolved the current organization of the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF).
“This association did not ask the government when it decided to send the national team to the league. Now I will ask the government to appoint a new management that should fulfill the obligation to attend the event as this is a matter of respect for the country, “he told APP.
Nine teams will compete in the league, a qualifying event for the 2020 Olympics. The six-month round-robin tournament, with home and away matches, will start this month and end in June, with the four best teams in the Wagener Stadium in the Dutch Amstelveen come to the final.
The number 12 of the World Cup Pakistan is expected to be played at the beginning of the month in the first phase of the league. The game starts on February 2 in Buenos Aires against the number four Argentinian national team in Buenos Aires.
Although the PHF on Saturday initially suggested 38 players for participation in the FIH Pro nominated league, some recent media reports said the federation had considered retiring from the event because of the fund crisis.
Shahnaz said the decision to take part in the league had been taken in a hurry, and the association had not bothered to consider it to evaluate its pros and cons. “At least Rs. 300 million will be needed for the event as each game will cost around Rs.30 million.
“He said it seemed that the cashless federation did not think before sending its approval to FIH to send the national team into the league.” “The topic should have been discussed before announcing participation in the event on the PHF board.
“Now our team should decide on the event as the schedule and venues were announced. If Pakistan retires at that time, it would disrupt the formation of a tournament and that would convey a very wrong message to the world, “he added.
Shahnaz said he could not understand on what basis the decision to join the league was made. “First, you have no money to attend the event. Second, prepare a new outfit and believe that it will beat the best teams in the world to qualify for the Olympics.
He said that India had decided not to compete, although the association had sufficient resources and a better side. “They (India) decided to stay away from the event as they assessed the chances of qualifying for the Olympics higher by participating in the Hockey Series, where they will play lower ranked teams,” he said ,
Worldwide, more than 20 venues in eleven countries have been selected to ensure that fans around the world can experience world-class hockey. The planned teams include Pakistan, Australia, Argentina, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, England, Spain and New Zealand.