Lahore: Former Olympian Hanif Khan has opposed the idea of the closure of departments in Hockey as the player doesn’t get the amount of money from the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) as compared to a cricketer in the country.
“Departments in Hockey cannot be closed because it is not a professional game. Cricket is totally professional as if a player plays from a club, he earns,” Hanif said.
“From where Hockey player will earn. PHF can’t give the complete money so departments can’t be finished,” he added.
The 61-year-old hailed the meetings of PHF top officials with Prime Minister Imran Khan and Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
“Meetings between the Prime Minister and the Army Chief with the President and Secretary PHF is pleasing. There is a feeling that the national game will go towards the improvement and it has also stopped the unnecessary criticism on PHF,” he maintained.
“One main work PHF has to do is to promote Hockey at the grass-root level as it will give players to Pakistan otherwise it will be a difficult situation and worse than it is right now,” he added.