Hockey has been a glorious sport throughout its history. Pakistan remained one of its heavyweights after finally experiencing a massive decline in their performance in the last decade. The last instance of Pakistan stamping their authority in their national game was the 1994 World Cup where Pakistan defeated Netherlands 4-3 on penalties after the game was drawn 1-1 in the regular time.
However, Pakistan hockey team recently failed to even qualify for Olympics for the second consecutive time. All this didn’t go down well with many Pakistanis including the former skipper of the cricket team Salman Butt as he was frustrated to see hockey’s decline in Pakistan. The Lahore born said that it pains him to see Pakistan not doing well at a sport they owned all the time.
“I remember us winning the 1994 World Cup. In my A-levels class, a television set was available where we watched that game. It was a special moment which thrilled all of us. However, the current state of our hockey is painful and I just cannot see that,” said by 35-year old.