Good that India and Pakistan are in different groups: Abbas

Updated: Jul 10, 2012, 18:14 PM IST

New Delhi: Pakistan captain and ace drag-flicker Sohail Abbas is happy that arch-rivals India and Pakistan won`t have to face each other at the initial league stage as they are in different groups.

"It is good for both teams that they won`t run into each other at the group league stage. If there is a face-off at group stage, then the entire focus shifts on this marquee match and in turn affects performance against other teams," Abbas said.

"If either of the countries lose their group league game, it doesn`t go down well with the people of respective countries. It`s better that we play other countries in group stages which would also require a lot of discipline."

India is clubbed in group B with Belgium, Germany, Korea, Holland and New Zealand while Pakistan is placed in group A along with Argentina, Australia, Spain, Britain and South Africa.

When asked about the preparation for the Games, Abbas admitted that dismal show in Azlan Shah Cup was big eye opener for their side.

"We could not play to our potential in Azlan Shah Cup but we have identified our mistakes and worked very hard in rectifying those. Europe tour was good where we played against Belgium, Germany and Holland. We had a training camp at Abbottabad, the city based on high altitude. Our focus was improving our fitness and stamina. We did a lot of mountain climbling and running," said the veteran, who will be wearing captain`s arm-band for the first time in Olympics.

PTI