Pakistan started the mindgames ahead of their high-profile summit clash against arch-rivals India with goalkeeper Imran Butt claiming that his team will enjoy "psychological advantage" over Sardar Singh's boys when the two teams square off tomorrow.
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.
A group of Pakistani Olympic hockey greats protested outside the parliament in Islamabad against the present set up in the Pakistan Hockey Federation, calling for the sacking of the present PHF officials and an inquiry against them.
Pakistan hockey great Tahir Zaman believes if India and his country could work out a uniform sub-continental coaching structure and manual, both could benefit immensely branding their own unique hockey style.
Pakistan defender Muhammad Arslan Qadir was today suspended for two matches for a Level 2 offence which relates to a "physical assault, without injury, of another player" during their Pool A match against holders Germany at the ongoing Hero FIH Junior Men`s World Cup here.
Pakistan junior hockey team`s coach Mohammed Danish Kaleem says his boys are here to "win Indian hearts" and in the process play well to win the Junior World Cup, starting here at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium Dec 6-15.
Akhtar Rasool, chief manager and head coach of Pakistan`s national hockey team, Tuesday resigned from his post after the national team`s failure to qualify for next year`s World Cup in Holland, Xinhua reported.
Pakistan`s failure to qualify for next year`s hockey World Cup has already started to roll heads with coach Tahir Zaman hinting that he will step down from his position after the conclusion of the ongoing ninth Asia Cup, here.
Akhtar Rasool, the head coach and manager of the Pakistan Hockey team, has called on the national federations of both India and Pakistan to work together in organising bilateral series to revive hockey in both the countries.
Pakistan hockey appears to be caught in a web of problems as their foreign coach Michel Van Den Huevel has refused to attend a training camp for the London Olympic probables in protest over some issues.