ISLAMABAD - Pakistan hockey team head coach Olympian Shahnaz Sheikh denied reports about tendering his resignation as head coach.

While talking exclusively with The Nation from Belgium on Sunday, Shahnaz said: “I will announce my future course of action upon my arrival on Wednesday. I will submit my detailed report to federation, in which I will mention actual reasons behind team’s dismal performance.” He also rubbishes claims made by some quarters that national team skipper M Imran has also resigned as captain of the team. There is absolutely no truth in these rumors, the matter of the fact is we would announce our future course of action when we return, Shahnaz concluded.

Meanwhile sharing his views Pakistan Hockey Federation secretary Olympian Rana Mujahid rubbishes claims of Shahnaz and Imran’s resignations. “They have not informed federation in this regard. We were together for the last several days and there is no such development. It might be some people’s wish but had nothing to do with reality. Both are very much holding their positions. I will announce 4-member fact-finding commission upon my arrival on Wednesday and real culprits would get severe punishment. We had won Asian Champions Trophy, played the final of Asian Games, played the final of Champions Trophy after gap of 16 years. One or two bad results doesn’t mean end of the story. I hope no decision would be made in haste and we were given ample time to study the ship.”

Meanwhile inside sources in Belgium have confirmed that FIH and AHF havesent clear warning they would not tolerate any illegal act or government interference in the PHF affairs. If any ad hoc or illegal step by government was taken , FIH and AHF will act swiftly and Pakistan could face ban from international bodies.