KARACHI - Former captain Samiullah Khan was disappointed for another embarrassing show by Pakistani team in the 4-nation 9-a-side Hockey Tournament in Perth, Australia.
“The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has made Pakistan a club-level team with personal egos and poor administration,” Olympic star forward Samiullah said in an interview in the wake of M Imran’s team finishing fourth and last in Perth.
“The current PHF hierarchy has done irreparable damage to Pakistan hockey which will take years to recover,” he stressed.
He said after failing to qualify for next year’s Hockey World Cup in Hague, Netherlands for the first time in 42-years, if the present PHF set-up was not sacked, the time is not so far when Pakistan would be featuring in the qualifying rounds for Asian Games and Asia Cup.
“I really feel sorry for the state of affairs of national hockey as its repeated failures despite tall claims by the federation officials,” he said and added: “Our hockey is passing through the poorest phase in history and if urgent steps are not taken, Pakistan may also be out of the Asian Games.”
“Pakistan hockey suffered blow after blow and humiliation due to wrangling and infighting and dirty politics in Pakistan sports,” he commented. He said Pakistan hockey suffered highly and was at its lowest ebb despite receiving huge grant from Pakistan government. He called for immediate removal of the PHF officials and introducing of ad-hoc body to take charge of the PHF.
Samiullah said if Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif can appoint an ad-hoc body in Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) then why it can’t be done in the PHF.
He said elections of PHF should be held under a neutral set-up by sacking all the current office bearers. “After Asif Bajwa, the rest of PHF should show grace by resigning from their respective positions,” he said. He demanded immediate steps should be taken by the patron-in-chief of PHF to put the national game on the right track for revival of the game in coming years.