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Returning to old selection system would be hasty: Hanif Khan

pakistan-hockey-400KARACHI: Hockey coach Hanif Khan said on Tuesday that returning to old selection system would be hasty but he was ready for it.

"Personally I had no objections if PHF decided to appoint a selection committee," he told APP in an interview here.

"I was deeply disappointed with the showing of young players in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. But you got to live with it because this is sports," he said.

Pakistan finished below par sixth and last in the event won by Australia when they beat host Malaysia 3-2 with a goal in last few seconds in Ipoh.

Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) decided to abolish the selection committee headed by Hanif Khan a few months ago and empowered chief coach Akhtar Rasool and his deputy to select their own teams for different international events in a bid to improve the performance of the team which went otherwise.

There was a huge criticism from various hockey circles after Pakistan's highly poor show in Azlan Shah Cup and PHF was rethinking to return to old selection process.

"The performance of the youngsters was below par which really surprised and disappointed us," he remarked.

"We rested some seniors and picked youngsters in their place to give them international exposure. But they were unable to produce anything worthwhile," he admitted.

"The poor show of the youngsters was not a good omen for the future of national hockey," he accepted. We are lacking in a back up line which worry us," Olympian Hanif Khan commented.

However he said they would be working remedies to overcome this problem and make Pakistan better for future.

He said Pakistan's left flank was very disappointing which failed to click to generate attacks and failed to handle counter attacks.

Olympian Hanif Khan expressed the hope that the team will do well in the coming international events.

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