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Not affected by Pak players` absence: Ranchi Rhinos

Ranchi: Hockey India`s decision to send back Pakistani players due to simmering tension between both the countries might have robbed Ranchi Rhinos of two players but the team owners on Thursday said they were not affected by the absence of Shafqat Rasool and Mohammad Irfan.

"Did you notice any difficulty in the team without the two players in our (2-1) win over Punjab Warriors yesterday?" asked team director Suresh Chauhan.

"We are well off without them. The team is gelling well under captain Moritz Fuerste and we are looking forward to our home leg beginning tomorrow," Chauhan told PTI from Delhi.

"It`s Hockey India`s decision to not allow the Pakistani players. I cannot comment further on it. But as a team we are not worried by the absence of the two players."