Following Pakistan’s miserable show in the Hockey World Cup, the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) sacked its selection committee, team management, coach Shahid Ali Khan and manager Asif Bajwa on Thursday.
The 18-member strong squad took up moral responsibility for the poor show and all the players resigned later.
“Yes we have resigned. We have taken this decision voluntarily and we want now the youngsters to take over,” Rehan Butt said.
Pakistan finished last (12th) in the hockey world cup after losing the play-off match to Canada.
“It is a shameful performance that we have ended up on the last spot in the World Cup, this was something I was not expecting at all from this team,” PHF president Qasim Zia said. “Their performance is shocking, I have no words to describe what happened. But we are now looking ahead to the Asian Games,” he added.
Former players like Qamar Ibrahim, Mansoor Ahmed and Islahuddin Siddique blamed Bajwa for the team’s debacle and demanded his removal from the PHF.
“He is a disaster as the World Cup results show. The PHF President must bring in stable and good people to run hockey,” Siddique said.
Qasim Zia hinted that PHF will appoint a committee to look into what caused the debacle.