Green-shirts back in FIH top ten

Bilal Hussain
By Bilal Hussain January 23, 2015 12:09

Green-shirts back in FIH top ten

After impressive showing last month in Bhubaneswar (India) during Champions Trophy, Pakistan hockey team has now come again in the elite International Hockey Federation (FIH) top ten list at 10th spot.

Pakistan entered Champions Trophy with a lowly 11th spot to compete against top world class teams. Keeping aside paper records, the green-shirts showed glimpses of their past glory and defeated World No 2 The Netherlands in quarterfinals and dangerous hosts India in semifinals and reached the final against all odds.

However, just before the final, the team was trapped and entangled into a controversy by hosts India, apparently for green shirts’ wild celebration after semifinal triumph. FIH initially let the green shirts go only with a warning after Coach Shahnaz Sheikh tendered an apology on behalf of the team. But India dissented and asked stricter punishment and threatened not to host any international events in future.

Subsequently, FIH banned two Pakistan players hours before the final clash against Germany. In spite of the side been weakened and distracted, green shirts put impressive show in the climax. However, they eventually lost the battle 2-0 and Germany was crowned champions.

Coach Shahnaz Sheikh said that had Pakistan was not engulfed in the controversy before the final match, they could have even defeated Germany.

Record four-time World Champions Pakistan, who failed to find a place for the first time in World Cup last year, has now made it back to top international arena and has also find a place in elite top ten.

Australia, The Netherlands and Germany have maintained their top three positions respectively while Spain has slumped to 11th spot.

Having diverse interests from economics to astronomy, religion, political idealism to Karl Marx’ internationalism and not to forget sports, Bilal Hussain possess the ability to simultaneously dialogue as protagonist and antagonist on an issue, which interests him. Bilal is a debater, whose cherished sanctuary is science fictions and classics and is enrolled for a PhD degree in economics at University of Karachi.



Bilal Hussain
By Bilal Hussain January 23, 2015 12:09
  • wasique94

    Dr shahab it is a real hero janab parveez musharraf.What a speech General Shahab

  • Nazir Ahmed Abbasi

    No doubt our Generals are brave but India and Pakistan should have to avoid Tension between both countries by threating each other


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