Pakistan Hockey Federation announced new coaches for senior and junior hockey teams, Olympian Shahnaz Shaikh will coach the senior team, while former captain Manzoor Ahmed will take charge of the junior team. Another former captain, Islahuddin Siddiqui, will be the chief selector after the PHF persuaded former players to end their boycott of the federation and help the revival.
Pakistan failed to qualify for the World Cup to be held in the Netherlands in June – the first time they have ever missed the tournament, which they have won four times. Pakistan have also won three Olympic gold medals but slumped to seventh position in the 2012 London Olympics. They were 12th and last in the 2010 World Cup in India.
Hockey struggles to compete with cricket for popularity and funding, but the PHF is hoping a 100 million rupee ($1 million) grant promised by Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif will give the sport the boost it needs.