RAWALPINDI – Pakistan former Olympian Shahnaz Sheikh has said that though the selection of the most ageing players for London Olympics hockey event not only created imbalance in the side but also reduced the chances of Pakistan to maintain present world ranking of eight yet he urged the seniors to show their class by playing each match as do-or-die clash to prove their presence and win gold for the country. Talking exclusively to TheNation on Monday, Shahnaz said: “The accumulated age of team reaches 340 years by dividing 11 players equal to 32 averages, which is very high comparing to other participating teams in the tournament. The selection of the team is a carbon copy, which Pakistan have been experiencing for the last two years with four to five changes of the players in each tournament for accommodating ageing players in the squad.”He said that Waseem and Sohail were not included in 2008 Olympics are called back along with Rehan Butt, Shakeel Abbasi, who were banned by Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) over their alleged participation in the illegal WHS in India that contradicts chief selector statement as he claimed that the team was selected on the six months performance of the players. All these things have exposed the tall claims of the PHF by establishing academy culture and as per the PHF U-19 hockey academies having 600 players are being trained by 55 paid coaches for the last four years but without producing a single player for the national team that is why senior or ageing players are still indispensable, otherwise they should have been retired after the Asian Games 2010 as the former Olympian had suggested many times through media to the PHF. Shahnaz was disappointed over exclusion of Salman Akbar, who was the hero of 2010 Asian Games and played prime role in helping Pakistan to qualify for Olympic Games. Moreover, the composition of team, which comprise most ageing and few junior players, will have to perform double duty by providing defensive coverage and shielding to the ageing players means the attack would be affected and reduced, subsequently the team would come under pressure and likely to concede goals, he said. Pakistan team chances looked bleak in the Olympic Games and he feels that if Pakistan reached the podium then it will be a good thing for the federation. Pakistan team is placed in pool A along with Spain, Australia, England, Argentina and South Africa which is an easier pool than Pool B. The schedule matches of the pool is also in favour of Pakistan as green shirts had to play first match on July 30 against Spain followed by Argentina, England, South Africa and Australia. If Pakistan win two and draw one in early games and by getting three more point out of two matches means getting 10 points out of five matches then there will be a possibility that Pakistan could be in top four. But going back to the past Olympic results against the pool teams from 2000 Olympic Games, Pakistan has good record against minnows like Argentina and South Africa but against Australia, England and Spain, Pakistan did not perform well in past two years. “The PHF should not make any discouraging statement because Pakistan hockey has very rich record in Olympics. Pakistan won three gold, two silver and two bronze medals but he urged seniors to show their class by playing each match as do-or-die clash to prove their presence and win gold for the country,” Shahnaz concluded.