Ammad Shakeel Butt and Mubashar Ali, two seasoned members of Pakistan hockey, have resigned from the team due to financial issues.
The Pakistan Hockey Federation has received letters of resignation from both players. Butt emphasized in his letter that he has played 145 games during a ten-year span for Pakistan. The seasoned player says, “Due to the financial situation over the months between the players and the board, I must look at other paths to support my family and my future,” implying that he is having financial problems.
In his message, Butt also expressed his best wishes for the team’s upcoming competitions.
Mubashar Ali has also stated that his resignation was motivated by financial circumstances. In his letter, Ali explained that he had made the decision to look at other options for providing for his family because of the ongoing financial issues between the players and the board of the Pakistan Hockey Federation.
The nation’s official sport of hockey is in a dreadful situation with minimal funding and a lack of international-level facilities, according to Pakistan Hockey head coach Siegfried Aikman.
ProPakistani had previously stated that the hockey players from Pakistan had not been paid for their participation in the Asia Cup and European tour. At the time, each player owed the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) more than Rs. 0.2 million.
The players that traveled with the national team for the Asia Cup and the European tour, according to sources, took out loans to pay for their travel expenses.
Some of the players had earlier in March pleaded with then-Prime Minister Imran Khan to step in and pay the national players’ salaries, which had not been paid for two months at the time.
For the Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Cup, which will take place in Malaysia in November, the national team is currently preparing.
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