ISLAMABAD: Former ace goal-keeper Mansoor Ahmed on Thursday said the green-shirts don’t need any Hockey India League (HIL) to show the world of what they are capable of and by not inviting the Pakistani players in the league would cause no harm to them.
Mansoor said he feels the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) has too been influenced by their cricket board that doesn’t include Pakistani cricketers in the IPL.
While commenting on the Indian skipper Sardar Singh’s statement against Pakistani players, he said Sardar should focus on his game rather than giving irrelevant statements. “I cannot understand what is wrong with India, why does it want to destroy the spirit of sports in Asia,” he said.
He said the International Hockey Federation (FIH) should take action against Sardar as when FIH also suspended Pakistani players for the CT incident that time.
Speaking about his own personal hockey commitments, Mansoor said he is waiting for the visa to fly to Bangladesh and join the duty of their national team’s goal-keeping coach for the South Asian Games to be held in India.
Mansoor said the Bangladesh Embassy officials have told me a week earlier that I will get the visa when the Director General of Foreign Office Dhaka will approve it. “I have all my documents, BHF’s job assignment but still I have no idea what more the embassy people want to see,” he said adding if I get the visa in a day or two then only I can continue with their job assignment.