Stories about Shakeel Abbasi

Our disregard for Pakistan’s national sport

After their historic win against Australia in the recent Test series, chairperson of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Shahryar Khan, announced a special cash bonus for the Pakistani national team. The team will get a total sum of Rs14.75 million for their glorious performance. Good to know. But while our cricket team seems to be aiming for the stars, our hockey team is being treated like its ugly step sister – it’s part of the national sports family, but no one really cares about it. Recently, the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) cancelled the national team’s tour to South Korea due to lack of funds and visa ...

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Azlan Shah Tournament: Pakistan hockey disappoints

Defensive mindset, clueless defence, erratic aggressive play and energy sapped players characterised the display of the green shirts in Ipoh. The Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament campaign for Pakistan began with a narrow win against New Zealand in the opening encounter and it all went downhill from then onward. Pakistan lost twice to India and was taken to the cleaners by Australia in a heavy 6-0 defeat. Having said as much, they still managed to salvage some pride as matches against Malaysia and South Korea ended in a draw. Overall, Pakistan managed a wooden spoon for their efforts at the tournament for the ...

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