Pakistan Face Risk Of Suspension

On Saturday, many leading former captains and Olympians including Islahuddin Siddiqui, Samiullah, Asif Bajwa, Rana Mujahid, Rasheed ul Hasan, Manzoor junior, and Hasan Sardar among others appealed to the government to release funds to the PHF so that it could send its team to Potchefstroom in South Africa.

In 2019, the FIH fined the PHF 170,000 euros for not sending its team to the inaugural Pro Hockey League held in Argentina.

The cash-strapped PHF only managed to pay the fine in installments.

A senior official in the PHF said that Pakistan had recently taken part in the Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia after the federation managed to raise funds through donations and some sponsorships as the government didn’t release any money.

“We are in a very bad situation as now we don’t have the funds to send the team to South Africa and if we can’t do that the FIH can not only suspend us but will also impose a heavy fine,” he said.

Another source said that Pakistan’s foreign coach, Dutchman Siegfried Aikman was also not happy with the situation.

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