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Samiullah Khan, the former captain of Pakistan, who played international hockey from 1973-82, was the greatest left winger of his time.  Known for his marauding runs down the flank, Samiullah’s medal cabinet shows two World Cup goldsand one silver, an Olympic bronze medal, three Asian Games golds and an Asia Cup gold.

 

It is a great pleasure to know that this year’s edition of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup would be the Silver Jubilee one. My first appearance in this beautiful country was the 1975 World Cup. It was a wonderfully organized event and the enthusiastic Malaysian fans filled the stadia. I have great personal memories as well. It was that tournament where I got the sobriquet of Flying Horse. Later, whenever I visited the country as the manager of Pakistan team, I was humbled by the respect I received. 

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup is a befitting tribute to the great lover and patron of hockey. When we talk of the great benefactors of the game, two names standout: Air Marshal Nur Khan and Sultan Azlan Shah. Nur Khan gave us World Cup and the Champions Trophy. For last many years, Malaysia has been the biggest host in the world of the international tournaments, for both the senior and junior national teams. The credit goes to the late Sultan’s vision and enterprise.