Hockey Team Performance: Selection Committee Resigns to Include Chief
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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