Shakeel wiil lead 18-member squad in Germany

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Lahore, Sep 13 (UNI) Shakeel Abbasi will lead the 18-member Pakistan squad for the upcoming four-nation Hamburg Masters hockey tournament to be held in Germany from October 3-5.

After watching the one-day trials with secretary Asif Bajwa and chief coach Jahangir Butt, Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) President Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali announced the squad yesterday.

''Like the whole nation, we are highly disappointed by the result in the Beijing Olympics but this is part and parcel of the game,'' Jamali said.

Jahangir Butt will be the chief coach and manager of the team while Kamran Ashraf and Danish Kaleem will act as his assistant.

Faiz-ur-Rehman will be the Physio.

Seven players, goalkeeper Nasir Ahmed, forwards Shakeel Abbasi, Shafqat Rasool, Mohammad Zubair, Waqas Sharif and halfback Rana Asif, who were part of the Beijing Olympics team also took part in the trials.

Skipper Zeeshan Ashraf and Mohammad Saqlain were not invited to the camp while seniors like Rehan Butt and Salman Akbar have left to play in the Dutch League and Waqas Akbar while Abbas Haider is featuring in the French League.

Squad: Goalkeepers: Nasir Ahmed, Imran Shah.

Fullbacks: Mohammad Imran (vice-captain), Kashif Ali, Mohammad Ateeq.

Halfbacks: Rana Asif, M. Irfan, Fareed Ahmed, Zaheer Ahmed, Aamir Shehzad.

Forwards: M Waqas Sharif, Shafqat Rasool, Shakeel Abbasi (captain), Akhtar Ali, Abdul Haseem Khan, M. Taufeeq, Inayatullah, Mohammad Zubair.

Officials: Jahangir Butt (chief coach/manager); Kamran Ashraf, Danish Kaleem (coaches); Faiz-ur-Rehman (Physio); Nadeem Lodhi (video analyst).

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