Q: When and where did you born?
A: I was born on 10thApril 1977 in Vehari, Pakistan.
Hockey is the national game of Pakistan and there was a time that Pakistan Hockey team held almost every major title. Hockey team had never disappointed the nation and they were treated and respected as heroes. Olympic Games are a big event and for years Pakistan Hockey team dominated the field hockey.
Pakistan did not win any medals in the first two Olympic events which took place in 1948 (London) and 1952 (Helsinki) but it was understandable as the nation was still young and struggling to get on its feet. In the 1956 Olympics held in Melbourne, Pakistan won its first Olympic honor; a silver medal for being the runners up in hockey while India clinched the gold medal. Pakistan got its first gold medal in the next event (1960) in Rome by defeating arch rivals India. Pakistan also got its bronze medal in wrestling in the same event.
In the next Olympic events held in Tokyo in 1964, Pakistan managed to win the silver medal while India got the gold. However in the 1968 Mexico Olympics Pakistan clinched the gold medal by beating Australia. In 1972 Munich Olympics Pakistan clinched the silver medal and this time it was defeated by Germany.
Pakistan lost mostly because of biased umpiring and a visibly upset and angry Pakistan team captain swung the medal on his shoe which resulted in the team being suspended and banned for four years . However the team was pardoned after an apology from the then President of Pakistan Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.
The performance of the hockey team in the Montreal Olympics held in 1976 was a bit disappointing as the team ended third and won a bronze medal. The next Olympics were held in Moscow in 1980 but the Pakistani team did not participate in it, Pakistan was among the 60 countries that boycotted the games because of Soviet Union’s military invasion in Afghanistan.
The Pakistani Hockey team made the nation proud in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics by winning the gold medal. The next Olympic games were held in 1988 in Seoul, South Korea. In this event Pakistan hockey team did not win any medal but boxer Syed Hussain Shah won the bronze medal in boxing thus saving the country’s blushes. In the 1992 Barcelona Olympics Pakistani team got the bronze medal.
Those who thought that a bronze in the 1992 Olympics was a disappointment did not know what lay ahead of them. From that events onwards, Pakistani hockey team has not earned any medal in fact its performance has plunged from average to poor. Pakistan went without medal in Atlanta Olympics (1996), Sydney Olympics (2000), Athens Olympics (2004), Beijing Olympics (2008) and London Olympics (2012). The team which once made the nation proud has now become an embarrassment.
The Pakistan Table Tennis Federation (PTTF)
The national federation for Table Tennis PTTF was formed in 1951 in Lahore and since then it has been striving to promote the sport in the country. The Pakistan Table Tennis Federation is also a member of ITTF – International Table Tennis Federation Many provincial associations were formed with the help of PTTF which helped in spreading the sport in various areas of Pakistan. The Peshawar, Lahore and Karachi associations of Table Tennis are the oldest.
The National Championships
In 1954 the federation successfully held its first National championship in Burt Institute. Lahore and since then the event has been taken place every year in different cities of Pakistan including Dacca (now Dhaka), Karachi, Bahawalpur, Quetta and Rawalpindi. The nationals have been conducted twice in a year also. There are both men and women players of Table Tennis in Pakistan and they show their performances in different events both in the individual and team categories.
|South Asian Games (Srilanka)||2006||Mens||Bronze|
|Indian Junior Open (Gua)||2007||Boys under 15||Bronze|
|Fajr International Cadet & Junior Table Tennis Championship||2007||Junior Boys team||Bronze|
|South Asian Games (Bangladesh)||2010||Female team||Bronze|
In July, 2008 Pakistan Table Tennis Federation hosted the South Asian Table tennis Championship which took place in Karachi.
Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF)
The development and governing of Squash is done by the Pakistan Squash Federation. It is associated with the WSF World Squash Federation and ASF Asian Squash Federation.
|President||Rao Qamar Suleman (Air Chief)|
|General Secretary||Abdul Wahab Marwar (Wing Cdr)|
|Most famous players||Hashim Khan, Jahangir Khan, Jansher Khan|
The Khan Family in Squash
Pakistan has proudly made great success in Squash within and outside the country since 1950. Hashim Khan was the first player who put Pakistan’s name on the top list of world squash players. He had great grip on his game with his wisdom and speed. He ruled the world of Squash for almost three decades. The talent he had is still travelling in his family generation after generation. The great names in squash like Azam Khan was his brother, Roshan Khan his cousin and Sharif Khan his son, Mohib ul Allah, Qamar Zaman and Jahangir Khan and Jansher Khan his nephews have conquered the Squash world for decades.
|World Open (Individual)||Jahangir Khan||1981||Gold Medal|
|World Open (Individual)||Jahangir Khan||1982||Gold Medal|
|World Open (Individual)||Jahangir Khan||1983||Gold Medal|
|World Open (Individual)||Jahangir Khan||1984||Gold Medal|
|World Open (Individual)||Jahangir Khan||1985||Gold Medal|
|World Open (Individual)||Jahangir Khan||1988||Gold Medal|
|World Open (Individual)||Jansher Khan||1987||Gold Medal|
|World Open (Individual)||Jansher Khan||1989||Gold Medal|
|World Open (Individual)||Jansher Khan||1990||Gold Medal|
|World Open (Individual)||Jansher Khan||1992||Gold Medal|
|World Open (Individual)||Jansher Khan||1993||Gold Medal|
|World Open (Individual)||Jansher Khan||1994||Gold Medal|
|World Open (Individual)||Jansher Khan||1995||Gold Medal|
|World Open (Individual)||Jansher Khan||1996||Gold Medal|
|10th South Asian Federation Games(Srilanka)||Mansoor Zaman||2006||Gold Medal|
|10th South Asian Federation Games(Srilanka)||Amir Atlas||2006||Silver Medal|
|11th South Asian Federation Games(Bangladesh)||Amir Atlas||2011||Gold Medal|
|World Junior Squash Championship||Farhan Mehboob||2011||Silver Medal|
History of Boxing in Pakistan
Pakistan has been participating in Boxing since its birth. The first Boxing Championship on the national level was held in 1948 in Karachi. Since then the Pakistani Boxers have been playing and making progress in slow but steady pace.
Pakistan Boxing Federation (PBF)
The governing body of Boxing in our country is Pakistan Boxing Federation which is the member of AIBA – International Amateur Boxing Federation and also FAAB – Federation of Asian Amateur Boxing. Mr. Doda Khan Bhutto is serving as the President and Mr. Muhammad Akram Khan as the Secretary General of the federation. Two International Boxing tournaments have been conducted by PBF.
Pakistani Boxers and their Achievements
Pakistan has been winning many medals in the Asian Boxing championships and Asian Games for decades. The main achievements are as follows:
|Event||Year||Boxer / Boxing Team||Achievements|
|Common Wealth Games, Scotland||1970||Samad Mir||Bronze Medal|
|Asian Boxing Championship||1983||Team||Winner|
|Olympics Games (Seoul)||1988||Hussain Shah||Bronze Medal|
|Olympics Games (Korea)||1996||Asghar Ali Shah||Gold Medal|
|Common Wealth Games, Manchester||2002||Haider Ali||Gold Medal|
|World Boxing Championship, Moscow||2003||Noman Karim||Bronze Medal|
|Asian Boxing Championship, Vietnam||2003||Team||Winner|
|9th SAF Games, Islamabad||2004||Team||10 Gold Medals|
|18th Common Wealth Games, Melbourne||2006||Mehar Ullah||Silver Medal|
|10th South Asian Games, Colombo||2006||Team||7 Gold, 3 Silver|
Pakistan National Football Team
The Pakistani team of Football is striving hard to be successful in this very popular sport of the world. The brief profile and status of our team is as below:
|Nickname of the team||The Green shirts|
|Association||PFF-Pakistan Football Federation|
|Home Stadiums for Football||Jinnah Stadium, Punjab Stadium|
|Confederation||AFC ( Asian Football Cup)|
|Sub Confederation||SAFF ( South Asian Football Federation)|
Pakistan Football Federation (PFF)
This is the governing body of the National Football team of Pakistan and it is also a member of AFC Asian football Confederation. The Pakistani team has yet not been able to qualify for Asian Cup championship or the FIFA World cup but the Head coach Zaviša Milosavljević has positive expectations from the current Pakistan Football team members, which he conveyed to the press after the recent International tour of the team. The Government of Pakistan has invested more in 2000 s and improved the infrastructure and facilities which has boosted up the spirits. Jinnah Sports stadium has a huge capacity for football lovers. The team has taken third position in the South Asian Football Federation Cup twice and has been runners up in Merdeka Cup once. The team also finished second in the Quaid-e-Azam Tournament twice.
The biggest competition of Football in Pakistan is the National Football Challenge Cup for which great matches are played every year.
Hanif Mohammed is a respected name and an essential part of Pakistan cricket. Hanif Mohammed made his test career debut at the age of 17.
Initially Hanif Mohammed was coached by Abdul Aziz, a wicket keeper who played for All India team. Abdul Aziz guided Hanif and taught him to adjust to all sorts of batting conditions. His training came handy when Hanif was selected to play against England when the English team visited Pakistan. Hanif’s contribution with the bat in the second match at Karachi and agility behind the wickets were instrumental in getting test status for Pakistan.
To improve the performance of cricketers, some cricketers from Pakistan were sent to England to Alf Glover’s cricket school with Hanif being one of them. Glover satisfied with Hanif’s technique suggested that no changes should be made to it.
Hanif Mohammed stands out in the history of cricket with his famous score of 378 runs against West Indies which took more than sixteen hours. He not only set a world record of the longest innings of that time but also saved Pakistan from defeat. Hanif’s triple century remains the only triple century in 2nd innings so far.
Hanif Mohammed also has the honor of exceeding Don Bradman’s record of the highest individual score. Hanif Mohammed made 499 runs and was run out when attempting the 500th run. His batting feats earned him the nickname of “Little Master”.
Hanif Mohammed also kept wickets when required and had the ability to bowl with either arm. Hanif Mohammed played a total of 55 test matches with an average of 43.98 runs and scored 12 centuries.
Hanif Mohammed was named the Wisden Cricketer of the year 1959, he was also awarded the President’s Pride of Performance in 1968. Hanif Mohammed’s name has been inducted in the ICC Hall of Fame.
Mushtaq Mohammed is one of the five Mohammed brothers; four of whom have etched a prominent place for themselves in the history of cricket.
Born in 1943, Mushtaq Mohammed started playing first class cricket at the age of 13 years. He showed his potential as an all-rounder by scoring 87 runs and taking 5 wickets for just 28 runs on his debut. He was associated with the English county Northamptonshire from 1966-1977. Altogether Mushtaq has scored 31,091 runs most of them when playing for Northamptonshire. Mushtaq also captained the county which won its first ever trophy the Gillette Cup in 1976 and also bagged second position in county championship.
Mushtaq Mohammed made his test debut against West Indies in 1959 at Lahore. Although Mushtaq is said to be the youngest test player, there are doubts about the authenticity of this claim. Mushtaq scored his first test century against India in India. Mushtaq was also an accomplished wrist- spinner who got wickets at crucial moments with his googly, flipper and legbreak. Mushtaq Mohammed was also a part of the Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket.
Due to ample opportunity he got when playing for Northamptonshire, Mushtaq became the first Pakistani to score 25,000 runs. Mushtaq is also a master of reverse sweep; a stroke he learnt from his elder brother the legendary Hanif Mohammed.
The year 1973 was particularly good for Mushtaq; he scored a century (121) against Australia and a month later a double century (201) against New Zealand. He scored 777 runs that year.
Mushtaq also led Pakistani team in 19 matches. Under his captaincy, the Pakistani team defeated West Indies in West Indies with Mushtaq contributing 121 and 56 with the bat and claiming 8 victims with the ball. Pakistan also won the home series against India in 1978-79.
Mushtaq also coached the Pakistan team which reached the finals of the 1999 World Cup.
Mohsin Hasan Khan is an ex-cricketer from Pakistan who used to open the innings for Pakistan in the late 70s till the mid 80s.
Mohsin Khan made his ODI debut against West Indies at Albion and his test debut against England in 1978 at Karachi. Mohsin Khan is one of the few batsmen who could adapt well to the bouncy Australian pitches. His centuries at Adelaide (149) and Melbourne (153) in the 1983-84 series are ample proof. Even in England he scored a double century at Lords in 1982. An interesting record associated with Mohsin Khan is that he scored 101 runs from the required 135 runs in the 2nd innings of a test match against India. This remains the lowest team score featuring a century to date.
Mohsin Khan was a stylish batsman who scored a total of 2709 runs in the 48 matches he played. In the One Day Internationals his total score is 1877 from 75 appearances. He retired from cricket in 1986.
Mohsin Khan was appointed the chief selector of PCB in 2009-10. Mohsin Khan left cricket to opt for a career in movies. He acted in a few movies in India and later worked in Pakistan. However, in last few years he has been associated with Pakistan Cricket Board in various capacities.