Hockey NEWS

Pakistan Hockey Captain Calls for Government Support Amid Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Success

The final between Pakistan and Japan will be played on Saturday, May 11.

Pakistan's hockey team captain, Ammad Butt, has made a sincere plea for government support for the national sport hockey, drawing comparisons to the backing cricket receives in the country.

Skipper's comments come on the heels of Pakistan's qualification for the final of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2024 in Ipoh, Malaysia.

Pakistan hockey team celebrates after scoring a goal.

Speaking to the media, Butt emphasized the financial challenges faced by the Pakistan Hockey Federation and the lack of television coverage for hockey matches, highlighting the players' dedication despite not having regular jobs.

Expressing pride in his team's performance, Butt hailed the historic achievement of reaching the final, celebrating Pakistan's first appearance in the final since 2011. He credited the team's hard work for their unbeaten run in the tournament, leading the table with 10 points after four games.

Recalling their recent victory against Canada, Butt detailed Pakistan's comeback from a 2-0 deficit, ultimately winning 5-4.

Notable contributions came from Abu Bakr Mahmood, Arshad Liaqat, Rana Waheed Ashraf, and Ghazanfar Ali, securing the crucial victory.

Pakistan's final pool match against New Zealand is scheduled for May 10, with the team eyeing another triumph before the tournament's climax. The match is slated to take place at 1:00 PM according to Pakistan Standard Time.

The final between Pakistan and Japan will be played on Saturday, May 11.

Related News