The captain of the Pakistan hockey team Mohammad Imran on Tuesday lashed out at the government for ignoring the national sport and said no one should expect big performances from players on a diet of "chana daal and khajoor".
Pakistan captain Muhammad Imran on Sunday stepped down after the national team failed to qualify for next year's Rio Olympics Games, following their latest defeat in the World Hockey League to France which left them at the bottom of the points table.
The Pakistan men's hockey team's chief coach Shahnaz Sheikh on Saturday said he would not solely accept the blame for his side's poor performance at the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Final, blaming lack of facilities for their failure to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
In a fine gesture, Hockey India (HI) on Saturday offered financial help to their Pakistan counterpart after the national hockey federation of the neighbouring country suspended a training camp because it could not pay its players and coaches daily allowances.
Once a source of pride for the nation, Pakistan hockey is facing a battle for survival after the national hockey federation suspended a national training camp because it couldn't pay the players and coaches daily allowances.
A grand welcome planned for Pakistan's hockey team which won a silver medal in Champions Trophy was on Tuesday called off after a brazen Taliban attack on a military-run school that killed at least 160 people, mostly children.
Pakistan's hockey community is anticipating an exciting semi-final against arch-rivals India in the Champions Trophy but they believe a win is an absolute necessity for the future survival of the cash-strapped sport in the country.
Pakistan Hockey Federation secretary Rana Mujahid is "frustrated" that the national sport is struggling to lure sponsors due to lack of international success in recent years and felt the scene was much better in India.
A severe cash crunch has struck Pakistan hockey team`s preparations for the Asian Games. The record eight-time champions hopes of defending their title is in jeopardy as the team`s Europe tour to prepare for the Incheon Asian Games, Sep 19-Oct, now looks doubtful.
As if the humiliation of not being able to qualify for the ongoing World Cup in Rotterdam was not enough for Pakistani hockey fans now even the national veterans team has been forced to pull out of the Masters World Cup tournament on the sidelines of the main event.