ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) former director marketing/event management Sardar Naved Haider held current PHF management responsible for the decline of Pakistan hockey and inflicting huge damage on national cause adding they lack direction.

Talking to The Nation, Naved said: “With all due respect to Olympians, I had great regard and soft corner for them, but none of them could steady sinking ship of Pakistan hockey, currently, none of available coaches is aware of the modern day requirements. I want to ask a very simple question from the federation that for the past two years, how many coaching clinics were conducted for the top or even junior level coaches, why no heed was paid in this highly important area. If proper coaching clinics were conducted, things could have been far different.” “Pakistan hockey needs a dynamic personality like Ric Charlesworth, who brought Australian hockey team to new heights. He was tremendous leader and led his team to a number of titles and after retirement, sensing his team needs his services, he worked with the Australian team and built the team from ashes and taken them to world number 1.

“When I was taking care of the PHF affairs, Pakistan team won three consecutive bronze medals in Champions Trophy from 2002 to 2004. They also managed to win ABN-AMRO title in Netherlands defeating Australia in the final in 2005 and silver medal in 2006 in Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. All these achievements made possible just because of sound financial position and I made sure players would get maximum benefits, financial backing and completely focus on field performances,” he added. He said during his tenure from 2003 to 2006, the PHF didn't take a single penny grant from the government. “I was the person who, for the first and last time in the history of Pakistan hockey, managed to conduct Pakistan Super Hockey League in Karachi in 2005, in which 10 Indian players represented five different Pakistani outlets. I managed to arrange a whopping Rs 25 million sponsorship and each player took hefty amounts, who played in the league.”

When asked about whether he was ready to help Pakistan hockey, Naved said: “Off course, it hurts. Being a patriotic Pakistani, it is my national responsibility to help revive hockey, I am more than willing to take Pakistan hockey back to old glory days. I had a number of plans, which could revive fortunes of national game within short span of time. I request Prime Minister Mian M Nawaz Sharif to immediately conduct a meeting of corporate sector, commercial banks, mobile companies, major businessmen, multi-nationals and national bigwigs and urge them to play their due role in laying down strong infrastructure of the PHF. I am dead sure the PM's timely intervention will defiantly boost the morale of the players and persons who will be involved and assigned with the task of taking Pakistan hockey back to same old glory days.”

“We have to construct boarding academies at all the four provincial headquarters for U-12, U-14, U-16 and probables players, who are knocking at the doors of the national team, but they couldn’t force their way due to reasons best known to the federation. These are the practical steps, which the PHF had to take. I have strong reservations against the fact-finding committee formed by IPC minister to investigate the reasons behind green shirts pathetic performance. The persons, who were involved in the federation in some kind of a role, can't remain impartial. I request the PM to appoint a fact-finding committee with all the powers and consist of those persons, who have reputation and can thoroughly investigate the entire matter and strict action should be ensured upon their recommendations. This is the only way of ensuring culprits must be taken to task and no one in future may dare to play with the emotions of the masses,” he added. “We have to raise the standard at junior level. Our kids had never played on artificial surface until they reach 14 or 15. They are use to playing on grass. There was no importance given to enhancing three major areas where our players lack badly. It is called 3s, which counts for stamina, speed and skill.”

Until and unless focus and priority not given to these main areas, where our layers lack the most, we can't even think about climbing back to the top. Time is ripe, bold decisions are the need of the hour. My doors and services are always available for the country and I am ready to help out the country in these hard times, but with only one condition, that is sincere people must be appointed to take the helm of affairs of the PHF, arrangements of funds is not big deal, as I have lot of plans to revive Pakistan hockey,” Sardar Naved concluded.