ISLAMABAD: Hockey Team Coach Shahnaz Sheikh has brushed aside the rumors of his resignation saying that the team's performance improved during his tenure.
Talking to APP, Shahnaz said in the 20-page report he had submitted to the committee formed by the government to probe the reasons of national team's defeat in the World Hockey League (WHL). “I have mentioned the facts of the team's failure and also given suggestions for improvement.”
“The main reason for the team's failure is lack of funds,” he said adding, he had given proposal in the report that a one year bail-out package should be given to the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF).
He said after one year the PHF be asked to generate 75% of money and the rest should be supported by the government.
He said in his tenure the team stood 2nd in the Asian Games and in the Champions Trophy. “If the situation did not change then I fear we would not be able even to qualify for the 2016 Champions Trophy in England,” he said.
Shahnaz said he has also proposed that the players should be given central contracts on performance basis. “This way each player would play with full passion to get the A category contract.”
He said when he took over as coach, he submitted plan to prepare for the mega events. “I had asked the PHF to give us 120 days for preparation instead we were given 57 days.”
Shahnaz said he wanted the team to play 35 international matches before the WHL but we got only 10 matches to play. “I wanted the team to go four weeks before to Belgium for WHL preparation but instead we went there only four days before strat of the matches,” he said adding it is just because of lack of funds.
He said a Hockey Super League (HSL) in the need of the hour to be introduced in the country to explore talented players. (APP)