Pride of Pakistan-Munnawar Ur Zaman

by on December 26, 2010
in Pride of Pakistan

Pakistani hockey player Munnawar ur zaman

Munnawar uz Zaman became a member of the Pakistan hockey team when he was only 19 years old. This youngster made his presence felt in his very first match with his crucial very first goal. Munnawar converted a penalty corner into a match winning goal against arch rivals India. Munnawar’s contribution in the 1971World Cup held in Spain helped Pakistan lift the world cup. His performance was instrumental in many other victories as well. With around a hundred international matches to his credit, Munnawar scored more than forty goals.

Hockey was originally played on grass and the two Asian giants India and Pakistan totally dominated the game but later astro turf was introduced which ended the Sub Continent’s monopoly. Hockey was now more of a power and speed game rather than skills. Pakistan team faced difficulties in adjusting to new conditions. Munnawar now retired from international hockey, coached the team and guided them to adjust to new conditions. Munnawar died during a practice session of the veteran’s hockey team when he suffered a heart attack in 1994.

Munnawar uz Zaman was posthumously awarded the Pride of Performance award by the government of Pakistan in 1997. He is one of the best hockey players from Pakistan Hockey.

Pride of Pakistan – Islahuddin Siddiqui

by on December 11, 2010
in Sports in Pakistan

Popular hockey player Islahuddin Siddiqui

Islahuddin Siddiqui, the former hockey star and the most successful captain of the Pakistan Hockey Team was born in Meerut, India. His parents later migrated to Pakistan. Islahuddin’s glorious hockey career spans over 13 years from 1967 till 1979.  Islahuddin scored more than 100 goals and also contributed in the scoring of many goals. Islahuddin played at the position of right out and is known for his brilliant super quick dashes during penalty corners which distracted the opponents. His impressive medal list includes 10 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze medals. He won many series and tournaments for Pakistan and his biggest achievement as a captain was completing the grand slam in 1978 when Pakistan won all three prestigious titles of World Cup, Asian Games and Champions Trophy.

Islahuddin also led Pakistan to victory over arch rivals India in the first ever series between the two nations. Pakistan also won the silver medal in the 1972 Olympic Games and the Bronze in 1976 Olympic Games with Islahuddin as a part of the team. Islahuddin was respected as a worthy opponent and was known for his humility. After retirement from hockey, Islahuddin remained active as a coach and manager of the national team as well as a hockey commentator. He is also a member of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) and is on the FIH Rules Board; the only member from the Sub Continent so far.

This brilliant achiever was awarded Pride of Performance Award in 1982 by the Government of Pakistan for his outstanding contributions in the field of Hockey.

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