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Mohammad Saqlain to lead Pakistan

November 19, 2005 20:34 IST

Controversial centre-half Mohammad Saqlain will lead an 18-member Pakistan squad, announced on Saturday, for the Champions Trophy hockey tournament, in Chennai from December 10 to 18.

Saqlain has a case, pertaining to on-field misconduct against an Australian player, pending against him with the International Hockey Federation (FIH).

Star players, including Rehan Butt, Mudassar Ali Khan, Tariq Aziz and Mohammad Shabbir were also picked in the side that clinched the eight-nation Rabo Trophy, in Holland earlier this year.

Pakistan, who hosted the last edition of the elite six-nation tournament, had finished third on home turf.

The team: Salman Akbar, Nasir Ali, Zeeshan Ashraf, Mohammad Imran, Imran Khan, Imran Warsi, Mohammad Saqlain (captain), Dilawar Hussain, Adnan Maqsood, Sajjad Anwar, Rehan Butt, Mudassar Ali Khan, Shakil Abassi, Tariq Aziz, Mohammad Shabbir, Adnan Zakir, Waqar Sharif, Akhtar Ali; Coach: Asif Bajwa.

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