Pakistan Captain Zeeshan Ashraf blasts PHF for ignoring seniors 2012
LAHORE: Former Pakistan captain Zeeshan Ashraf has lashed out at the policies of the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) and the way it has been treating senior players.
Ashraf was critical of the PHF’s policy of not considering players over 30 for the National Hockey Championship starting next month. The 34-year-old believed that the implementation of the rule, which does not apply to over-age players who are part of the national squad, would be disastrous.
“The PHF should rename the event and call it the under-30 hockey tournament since the senior players aren’t allowed to be a part of it,” said Ashraf. “If youngsters can’t play with seniors, how will they learn?”
Ashraf also voiced his concern over the non-implementation of the prime minister’s orders in which he had announced jobs for players.
“The prime minister had ordered thrice last year that players be given jobs but nothing has been done by the PHF. Only a financially secure player can perform at his best.”