Sohail Abbas ready for Asian Games

Karachi: Recalled in the national hockey team after seven months of wilderness, Pakistan`s penalty corner specialist Sohail Abbas is looking to make a successful comeback in next month`s Asian Games at Guangzhou, China.

Pakistan Hockey Federation, stung by the national team`s poor performance in Delhi Commonwealth Games, had recalled Abbas for the Asian Games training camp on Thursday.

Abbas on Saturday said he was looking forward to play his part in the Guangzhou Asian Games and wanted to deliver his best for Pakistan.

"Pakistan has given me everything and I am looking forward to contribute some thing for the country in the Asian Games," Abbas told Associated Press of Pakistan.

"I was deeply disappointed with Pakistan`s 4-7 loss to arch-rival India in Commonwealth Games. India really played well on that day," hockey history`s highest goal-scorer said.

The PHF had ignored Abbas for the Commonwealth Games over a dispute over his appearance in a domestic tournament and had written to his department to take disciplinary action against him.

Abbas, who was included in Pakistan`s probables list by chief selector Hanif Khan, said he was fully fit and looking forward to his job.

"I am fully fit and doing training under lights and have joined the camp in Lahore," he said.

Abbas was dropped from the national team after Pakistan secured worst-ever 12th spot in World Cup in New Delhi.

Later, the experienced player was not considered for Azlan Shah Cup and Pakistan team`s European trip, besides the Delhi Games.


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