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Updated: March 9, 2010 17:59 IST

Pakistan captain offers to retire

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Pakistan Hockey captain Zeeshan Ashraf
Pakistan Hockey captain Zeeshan Ashraf

Pakistan’s hockey captain Zeeshan Ashraf on Tuesday offered to retire from international hockey following his team’s poor performance in the World Cup.

Pakistan, four time champions of the world cup, with just one win the group stage, finished last in their pool and now face the ignominy of playing for the 11th-12th position playoff against Canada.

“I am ready to quit and take the responsibility for the team’s dismal show in the World Cup,” said Zeeshan, a seasoned defender. “I am ready to retire but it’s the PHF (Pakistan Hockey Federation) which will decide my future.”

According to a report on Tuesday, Pakistan’s hockey chiefs will sit down in Lahore soon after the World Cup to take a decision on the future of under-performing senior players.

A Pakistan daily, The News, has reported that the national hockey think-tank will meet at the PHF headquarters next week to look into the reasons behind their team{gt}s poor showing.

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