Cautious PHF to start media management course for players

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Karachi, Jan 17 (PTI) Keeping in mind the recentcontroversies that had rocked the national cricket team, thePakistan Hockey Federation is all set to start a mediamanagement course for its players and officials in a bid toprotect them from being caught in negative publicity.

PHF secretary Asif Bajwa has confirmed that the coursewould be held during the National hockey championship laterthis month in Faisalabad.

"We want to teach the players and make them aware oftheir responsibilities as ambassadors of the country and thesport. We want them to know how to interact with the media indifferent situation and avoid getting caught up incontroversies or scandals," Bajwa said.

The move of PHF comes after several players of the AsianGames gold-medal-winning national team recently criticised thegovernment authorities for not distributing the rewardspromised to the players.

Captain Zeeshan Ashraf and goalkeeper Salman Akbar haveexpressed their concerns over not receiving the prize moneyannounced by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani after thetriumphant Pakistan team returned from Guangzhou, China.

PHF President, Qasim Zia, who is an influential MNA ofthe ruling Pakistan Peoples Party, had to clarify the positionand promise that the government would soon deliver the rewardspromised to the players.

Bajwa, however, claimed that most of the players haveeither been misquoted or the issue had been blown out ofproportion by some sections of the media.

"The players need to be educated on how to respond toquestions from the media. Most of the time they don''t knowwhich issues they need to decline to comment on. Through themedia management course we want to guide them on how to avoidgetting into unnecessary controversies that are bad for thesport," he said.

Pakistan cricket was rocked last year by the spot-fixingscandal and reports of infighting within the team during thetour to Australia.

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