Sohail Abbas of Pakistan passes the ball against Hong Kong during a field hockey match of the men's preliminary group B at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou on November 17, 2010. Pakistan won 12-0. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

History Of Pakistan Hockey:-

There was an era when Pakistan Hockey team was counted in the best teams of the world in hockey, with four time’s gold medalist winner in Olympics in 1971, 1978, 1982 & 1994, thrice in champions trophy in 1978, 1980 & 1994, six times silver medalist in 1983, 1984, 1988, 1991, 1996, & 1998. In Asian games Pakistan had made to the top of the winning list in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1990 & 2010. Pakistan team was considered the hardest side in all the tournaments held internationally, but a time came when we no long came in the top three & then in the top 10. It has lost its image in the hockey world now. There was a time when we use to given tough times to Australia, England, Argentina, Spain, India, Netherland & now a hard time is given by new entrant team such as Canada, China, Ireland, Japan & South Africa.

The era of 80s & 90s:-

Hockey Department which were in a large quantity in 80s & 90s were shut down due financial issues in the organizations, which also became one of the reasons of downfall of hockey & players not coming towards hockey as there was no financial support nor jobs for the existing player or the beginners. In the old days players used to get paid by the departments for representing their teams in tournaments & were also offered jobs in the organizations when they were not physically fulfill the requirements of the fitness.


It was ended years back when the selection committee did selections of the players in trail or championships not on merit but on favoritism & sources. Players were neglected & were not selected despite of performing well in the trails or the tournaments, due to which many of the good performing players on lower level & middle level left hockey which became the reason of the gap which couldn’t have been covered till today. All majority of players selected are of Punjab . No other provinces players are selected in the team & limited to Pakistan camps to show media or the government that they are giving priority to other provinces as well. KPK association has filed a case against the current federation.

Selection Committee:-

Selection committee are formed on basis of favoritism. A musical chair game is played after almost every international tournament to select new management for selection committee & coach.


The management is still trying to use to old tactics & technique they used when they were hockey champions, many of the federation people or coaches are unaware of the modern hockey which becomes the reason of lack of knowledge which they aren’t able to deliver to the players. It has changed a lot in the past 10 to 15 years, but the coaches selected for the players training are still unaware of the modern hockey skills & techniques

PHF is not paying any attention to the current situation. The federation management is busy in politics & asking the government for funds without any proper output given to the country in any victory form. No senior championships & junior championships have been conducted in the past years due to funds shortage.


Government of Pakistan needs to take serious steps to save the national Game.They need to  assign a federation who has experience of modern hockey as well as people who can manage things instead of participating in the politics, eating funds & placing the people they like in the federation. Government needs to order to open department’s hockey team in order to attract new generation players & also call back the old talent & utilize them by giving them training in camp.


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