PHF to name cap­tain af­ter fi­nal­is­ing team

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LAHORE

The Pak­istan Hockey Fed­er­a­tion (PHF) will an­nounce cap­tain for the up­com­ing backto-back Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy and the Asian Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy af­ter the team man­age­ment sub­mits names to the PHF, most prob­a­bly on Mon­day (to­day).

The Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy is sched­uled to be held from Dec 1 to 9 in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia while the Asian Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy will com­mence from Dec 22 in Doha, Qatar.

"We don't want to in­ter­fere with se­lec­tion af­fairs by an­nounc­ing the cap­tain be­fore an­nounce­ment of the team," PHF sec­re­tary Asif Ba­jwa told Dawn. The team man­age­ment headed by ex-Olympian Akhtar Ra­sool will an­nounce the team, since the PHF has al­ready dis­solved the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee in the wake of team's poor per­for­mance in Lon­don Games, giv­ing all pow­ers to the team man­age­ment to

se­lect team as is prac­tised in other hockey-play­ing nations. "We in­tend to wait for the team man­age­ment to name the team, since we want to se­lect a cap­tain from the al­ready an­nounced team by the team man­age­ment," the sec­re­tary re­marked.

Though Ba­jwa was not ready to share de­tails about the next cap­tain, it seems the PHF is con­sid­er­ing two op­tions in this re­gard. Firstly, the PHF may opt to pick up a young but ex­pe­ri­enced man for the said post so that he could lead the team un­til the 2014 World Cup while the other op­tion is to go for an ex­pe­ri­enced player since the up­com­ing events are tough ones.

If long-term plan­ning is on the minds of PHF of­fi­cials, full­back Mo­ham­mad Im­ran might be the best choice for cap­taincy.

Oth­er­wise, Mo­ham­mad Waseem, who was forced to with­draw his re­tire­ment de­ci­sion he made af­ter the Lon­don Games, might be con­sid­ered for the job to take ad­van­tage of his ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing the up­com­ing events. It is also per­ti­nent to men­tion that Akhtar is likely to an­nounce the 18-mem­ber team on Mon­day as he has to at­tend a meet­ing of the fact-find­ing com­mit­tee in Is­lam­abad on Tues­day. The com­mit­tee is prob­ing per­for­mance of the Pak­istan team at the Lon­don Olympics where the team fin­ished seventh.

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