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Pakistan take on England today with full strength: Shahnaz

Shahnaz said there was no doubt England’s ranking was “better than ours in today’s modern hockey, but it’s the performance on the day that matters”.

Head coach Shahnaz Sheikh can be seen in this image.— APP/File

KARACHI: Head coach Shahnaz Sheikh said on Sunday Pakistan will face England in their first match of the Olympics qualifiers with full strength.

Talking to The News from Mascat, he pledged that the Pakistan hockey team will compete with all the energy, strength and experience gained in recent matches at the Asian Games, Asian Championship and World Cup. youth.

Pakistan is placed in Group A along with England, China and Malaysia. The Greenshirts will play their first match against England on Monday (today). England is currently ranked 4th in the world and Pakistan is ranked 16th, according to the latest FIH world hockey rankings.

Shahnaz said that certainly England’s ranking is “better than ours but in today’s modern hockey, the performance on the day matters a lot. Whoever plays better on match day will win the match regardless of its ranking,” he said.

“We have been playing rigorous hockey against formidable opponents of late and have been successful in developing a balanced team that is striving to achieve a respectable position,” he said. He added that the weaknesses found over the past few months were addressed during the training camp.


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