RAWALPINDI Former Olympian Shahnaz Sheikh expressed concern over Pakistan hockey teams senior and junior, poor show during the recently concluded European tours. Shehnaz Sheikh while talking to TheNation exclusively on Sunday said: Being an ex-Olympian I am duty bound to pin down my concerns and suggestions on the present performance of Pakistan Hockey Federation and national teams and its impact on coming mega events like Champions Trophy, Junior World Cup and Olympic Games 2012. He said that foreign coach wanted to change hockey culture of Pakistan rather than building a strong backup pool for replacing ageing players for which his services were hired. He said that I just remind the first statement of Qasim Zia and Asif Bajwa, who took over in 2008 with the promise to streamlining hockey affairs and improving overall standard of game in the country but they fail to fulfil their commitment despite passing more than three years. He claimed that the federation failed to deliver and just win seven medals including one gold as compared to 40 medals including 20 golds from 1948 to 2000. He said: In my opinion PHF has already wasted a lot of time and money as at present, team does not possess quality and strength to perform well and sustain pressure in coming tournaments like Champions Trophy and Olympic Games despite their tall claims. He alleged that PHF has done nothing to revive hockey at the grassroots level and still depending on those players who need to be replaced after winning the Asian games 2010. In fact the present standard of the team is mediocre as the recently-concluded 4 Nation Robo Cup held in Holland presents true picture of the team, he stated. He termed the teams poor show is an eye opener for the federation and particularly the coach. PHF top brass enjoying all the benefits and perks and wasting national wealth as government provided Rs 300 million for promotion of hockey at the grassroots level, he claimed. These poor performances by the national team indicate that PHF lacks planning and vision to take the teams among the best in the world, he said. PHF need long-term planning despite short-term but they are focusing on one point agenda. They hired services of foreign coach to satisfy the nation but the coach failed to deliver, he said. At the moment PHF has more than one dozen coaching academies in Pakistan but the performance of these academies is not up to the mark as they these fail to produce required pool of players but damaging those cities where local clubs network is very strong, he said. PHF has facilitated near and dear ones in these academies and the public fund is being misused, he said and suggested that the number of academies should be lessened to five or six and improves their infrastructure and coaching facilities to achieve the desired results. To further expand academy network PHF should encourage local organizers and ex-hockey players like India, he maintained. Revival of local club hockey: PHF has spent huge money on academies with zero results as these failed to produce quality wise pool of players due to poor planning, Shahnaz said. He suggested that PHF should enhance domestic activities' by introducing quarterly tournaments with incentives to the top teams and best players. This exercise must be continued throughout the year to revive local hockey at grassroots level. Revival of domestic hockey culture: There is a dire need to review domestic hockey culture which requires pressure, competitiveness, initiative and attitude our players face at the international level as our players take much time to understand and adjust themselves in international condition. On the other hand European countries and even Korean youngsters are dealing with the same pressure and adjust them play competitive hockey at international level right from the beginning and do not feel any difference between international and domestic hockey culture. Hiring of local coaches: Hiring foreign coach was need of PHF after the pathetic performance of team in World Cup 2010. The services of local coach imperative for hockey boost at national level. The present coach is getting about Rs two million monthly without coming to Pakistan for long periods due to security concerns. As it was clearly witnessed during the past six months he has spent altogether not more than 50 days in Pakistan against the bills of six months salary. Shahnaz said his main worry is if PHF does not prepare local pool of coaches what will be the future of hockey as foreign coach is not a solution with high paid salary for this poor nation. Composition of senior team Presently the senior team is consisting two categories of players as there is no backup pool for replacing ageing players while junior players do not possess the professional maturity and temperament which is required for the mega events. Most of the junior players were handed duel duty to provide defensive cover to the ageing players and fail to fulfil actual duty. Therefore PHF should prepare a strong side otherwise Pakistan be ready for another tsunami in Olympic Games. Pool of Tehnocrats: He further pointed out that when talked about one point PHF agenda which is only to produce one time result is not a permanent solution as in the case of Asian Games. Though Pakistan won the gold after 20 years gap but one-time victory can not revive hockey fortunes as this needs consistency, PHF should work on both on and off the field that federation has totally ignored as in three years Pakistan fail to produce any international umpire/field jury official and coaches. Hence our participation in FIH/AHF shrunk where as in past PHF was one of the most important members, Shahnaz said. PHF should understand the importance and efforts to enhance the participation in FIH and AHF, he added. In the end, Shahnaz Sheikh has requested Rehman Malik, Patron of Pakistan Hockey Federation, to look into the affairs of PHF and play an active role to streamline Pakistan hockey and bring back old glory days of Pakistan Hockey.