FIH rule change brings action in hockey

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 17:50
Former Pakistan hockey captain Olympian Samiullah Khan Tuesday hailed the change of rule by International Hockey Federation (FIH) of restricting the game to 60 minutes with four halves of 15 minutes each. “This rule change will bring more action, more scoring and productivity in the field of hockey,” he told APP in an interview here on his return from Islamabad after he was conferred with Sitra-e-Imtiaz by President Mamnoon Hussain alongwith fellow Olympians Hasan Sardar and Hanif Khan on Pakistan Day.  
FIH recently announced to reduce the game from 70-minute to 60 with four breaks instead of traditional one interval. This rule will come into force shortly.
Samiullah believed change will be good in some aspects. But at the same time it will reduce the skills and classic hockey and will make it a power play.
He said change in rule will create more importance of penalty corners. 
“In coming months we will see larger number of goals particularly through penalty corner conversion,” he pointed out.
He called upon the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) he immediately launch planning of introducing this new rule which will help in preparing new breed of players.
Samiullah titled “Flying Horse” for his speed, said the new rule put more burden and load on the coaches in preparing plan and training the boys with new vision and ideas.
“Besides putting a great load on coaches, rule of goalkeepers will increase tremendously,” he said.    
He said in a such scenario it will be important for Pakistan to bring in fore good penalty corner strikers.
“A lot of perfection is required in PC conversion,” Samiullah said.
He said despite serious decline in hockey, if dedicated and devoted person with right approach, Pakistan can still regained its lost glory internationally in four to five.
He said President Mamnoon Hussain expressed his keenness for the revival of Pakistan hockey Legendary winger Sami said, he said hockey could be put back on the track with serious and dedicated approach and long term planning.
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