Hockey Team Performance: Selection Committee Resigns to Include Chief

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Saturday, 04 July 2015 18:29

Pakistan Hockey Team’s dismal performance led to chief selector, Islahuddin Siddiqui and other members of the selection committees resignation from their posts on Saturday.

Pakistan lost 1-0 to Ireland in the FIH Hockey World League semi-finals, failing to qualify for the Olympics for the first time in their illustrious history.

Despite the pressure, the side started off well and looked the better side at the start — bossing possession with 58% and receiving a penalty corner that was defended well by Kyle Good.

Pakistan also came close in the second quarter, with vice-captain Shafqat Rasool hitting an upright reverse shot just wide of the mark in the 17th minute.

Irish goalkeeper David Harte was then the hero as he smartly saved a Muhammad Rizwan Senior effort from close range in the 24th minute to ensure that the game remained 0-0 at half-time.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif xpressed concern over the performance of the country’s hockey team in the World Hockey League.

The premier, who is also patron-in-chief of the Pakistan Hockey Federation, said the team’s performance in 2016 Rio Olympics qualifiers was embarrassing.

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