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Top reason why Pak hockey coach proclaims 'India strong on paper'

September 21, 2017 10:00 IST

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Pakistan hockey coach Farhat Khan on Thursday termed India as the ‘toughest team on paper’ for next month's Asia Cup in Bangladesh.

Pakistan have been placed in Pool ‘A’ alongside India, Japan and hosts Bangladesh.

 

The team will play their opening match of the Hero Asia Cup against the hosts on October 11 in Dhaka before taking on Japan and India on October 13 and 15 respectively.

"There is tough competition among the participating Asian teams with India being the strongest on paper with a world ranking of 6," Farhat said while assessing the strength of the various teams.

"But there are always teams, who can spring a surprise as Malaysia showed by finishing fourth at the Hockey World League Semi-Final in London. Therefore, it is important for us to keep focus on our game as we want to win the tournament," Farhat added.

The head coach said that the teams need to improve in all areas of their game.

"We will need to make improvement in all areas of our game if we want to achieve our goal this time. We have faced a tough time in recent years as we failed to qualify for the last World Cup, and then 2016 Olympic Games, therefore we want to deliver our best starting from Hero Asia Cup 2017," Farhat stated.

The Pakistan hockey team has not been able to perform well in the past few years, the most recent disappointment being a seventh-place finish at the Hockey World League Semi- Final in London earlier this year.

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