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Pakistani pair escape ban

July 22, 2003 13:34 IST

Pakistan's Sohail Abbas and Waseem Ahmed have escaped a ban for playing in Germany and been included in the squad for next month's Champions Trophy, the Pakistan hockey federation (PHF) said.

The pair were selected in a full strength 18-member squad for the tournament in Amstelveen, the Netherlands and September's Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur.

However, both were fined 100,000 rupees ($1,700) for playing in the hockey league in Germany without the permission of the federation.

Abbas, Pakistan's best penalty striker with over 200 international goals, and midfielder Waseem both opted out of Pakistan's training tour of Australia in June-July to play in Europe.

Squad: Muhammad Nadeem (captain), Waseem Ahmed, Ahmed Alam (goalkeeper), Sohail Abbas, Ali Reza, Zeeshan Ashraf, Ghazanfar Ali, Muhammad Saqlain, Dilawar Hussain, Adnan Maqsood, Rehan Butt, Mudassar Ali, Kashif Jawad, Shabbir Hussain, Sameer Hussain, Khalid Saleem, M.Asim, Salman Akber.

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