Vastavam web: Pakistan hockey coach Farhat Khan on Thursday termed India as the “toughest team on paper” for next month’s Asia Cup in Bangladesh.Pakistan have been placed in Pool A alongside India, Japan and hosts Bangladesh.”There is tough competition among the participating Asian teams with India being the strongest on paper with a world ranking of 6,” Farhat said while assessing the strength of the various teams.
“But there are always teams, who can spring a surprise as Malaysia showed by finishing fourth at the Hockey World League Semi-Final in London. Therefore, it is important for us to keep focus on our game as we want to win the tournament,” Farhat added.”We will need to make improvement in all areas of our game if we want to achieve our goal this time. We have faced a tough time in recent years as we failed to qualify for the last World Cup, and then 2016 Olympic Games, therefore we want to deliver our best starting from Hero Asia Cup 2017,” Farhat stated.
The major changes that have taken place in the Pakistan Hockey Federation after that are the appointment of Brig Khalid Khokhar as the President, and former hockey legend Shahbaz Ahmad as the Secretary General.Even though Pakistan have already qualified for the 2018 Hockey World Cup to be held in India, PHF has brought in changes in the management and selection committee as well.