Islah ud din Hockey

Trials for the selection of Pakistan team for World Cup in India, starting later this month, will be held on Tuesday (Today) and Wednesday in Lahore, where the Green-shirts’ training camp is continuing.
The chairman selection committee Islahuddin will be there with his team members. PHF president and secretary are also expected to be present on the occasion.
Islah told that World Cup was one of the biggest competitions of hockey world and it would be completely different from the Asian Games and Asian Champions Trophy. “We will see the players’ form, fitness and also consider reports of team manager about their previous performances,” he said.
He said that the players should remember that two European teams were in their pool. They would have to give their hundred percent to qualify for the next round, he added. He said the Green-shirts had capabilities to advance, but for that they would have to control their missing of goal-scoring opportunities and make their defense impenetrable.
“The positive thing is that the team is a blend of senior and young players,” Islah added.  “Imran is the most experienced goalkeeper in the country and the only option for us because the other two goalkeepers don’t have much experience,” said the chief selector.
About forwards and PC specialists, Islah said that the team would get four or five chances of scoring goals in every match. “The Green-shirts will have to grab these chances,” he said. He said the players should be strong not only physically but also mentally. “Playing on Indian soil will be tough,” he added.

Syed Intikhab Ali -The News