Hockey players to defy federation

Published: February 29, 2012

Even the threat of a life ban has not stopped Butt from joining the WSH. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: Ignoring the clear warning sent out by the country’s federation, former Pakistan captains Rehan Butt and Shakeel Abbasi are set to leave for the unsanctioned World Series Hockey (WSH) that starts today in Chandigarh.

The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) warned its players against taking part in the WSH, threatening to impose life bans, after the International Hockey Federation (FIH) termed it an unauthorised league. However, Butt confirmed that he received the Indian visa and will be leaving today to play in the lucrative league. Abbasi, will also leave with a group of other players.

The duo was included in Pakistan’s preliminary squad for the Olympics and the players’ participation in the WSH is likely to result in a punishment.

“We aren’t skipping national duty,” Butt told The Express Tribune. “It’s just part of the training camp that we’ll miss [due to the WSH]. We signed the contracts in March last year and the ban announcement came after that.”

Meanwhile, the former captain admitted the lucrative offer had also prompted his move. Butt is certain to make Rs5 million and if his team emerges victorious, the striker will pocket double the amount.

Former captains Waseem Ahmed and Zeeshan Ashraf along with Adnan Maqsood and Tariq Aziz will also feature in the event.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 29th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (1)

  • asim abbasi
    Feb 29, 2012 - 11:22AM

    Their sh0w is over n0w, they got respect that they deserved under title of “Green” , What they are,is because of Pakistan, Money has no respect than Color, pe0ples know them because of Green and they should follow the codes and conducts of PHF, Leagues helps to get experience which Abbasi, Shakeel and others have, n0w its time to switch and give chance to youngsters.

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