Pakistani hockey players to give WSH a miss

Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has categorically said their players will not be a part of the $2 million World Series Hockey to be held in India from next month otherwise they might face ban from domestic Hockey.

"There is no question of Pakistani players taking part in WSH. Not a single player will play. Chinese team is touring Pakistan from December 19 and our national team will play against them," PHF general secretary Asif Bajwa said.

"FIH has written a letter to us which clearly states that this league is unsanctioned. Our national team members will not take part in it and those who are not in the team at present will also follow the suit," he said.

"All the players who are affiliated with our units will have to avoid this league."

WSH is a lucrative league organised by the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) and Nimbus Sports. IHF is not affiliated to the FIH and the world body recognises Hockey India (HI) as the national federation for Hockey in India.

FIH has also threatened to bar the players from its future tournament if they take part in WSH.

In the same letter, the world body has suggested them to wait till 2013 when FIH and Hockey India will launch their own world league.

As many as nine players from Pakistan have signed the contract with WSH and striker Rehan Butt is the captain of one of the eight franchise.

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