On Sunday both the teams Pakistan and India lifted the Trophy together and on Wednesday Hassan Sardar, Pakistan coach incites a controversy claiming that India backed out from the pitch even though his team wanted to play. Rejecting the claim Hockey India called it a “blatant lie” and said Pakistan was in hurry to leave as they had early morning return flight. Hassan Sardar said, “Our boys were pumped up for the final match. Even after the heavy rains, we told the organizers we will play if they wanted the final to go ahead. But the Indians refused because of the conditions.” After the statement of Sardar, Hockey India denied the allegation and said “It’s a blatant lie. It was Pakistan who didn’t want to play as they had a return flight at 3 am in the morning. Our flight was the next day so we had no problem in waiting,” the HI official told PTI on condition of anonymity. “By the time rain stopped, it was already 10.30 pm local time and if a match was to start, it would have taken at least two more hours to prepare the pitch. The pitch was completely flooded, even the Tournament Director, broadcasters and commentators rooms were flooded,” he added. Sardar also requested the government to raise the funds for the Hockey team. “People need to understand the mental state of our players and officials at the moment. The players responded magnificently despite not getting their full daily allowances. “There were problems with the hotel booking as well adding to the strain on us. But I say hats off to the PHF President, Brigadier (retd) Khalid Khokhar who managed to arrange funds to pay off the hotel dues and give some peace of mind to the team,” he said.
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