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Shahnaz Sheikh, one of the greatest forwards in history, played for Pakistan from 1969-79,winning two World Cup golds and one World Cup silver, an Olympics silver and an Olympic bronze.

 

I first toured Malaysia, with my department Pakistan International Airlines’ hockey team. Since then, I have visited the country many times with the Pakistan team, first as a player and later in some managerial/coaching capacity. 

Malaysians are true lovers of the game. During my playing days, I received great adulation. Once a fan approached me to tell, “My wife is expecting a baby. If it were a boy, I would name him Shahnaz. He was indeed blessed with Shahnaz Junior. In fact, after many a year, I attended Shahnaz’s wedding’.

Due to personal interest and efforts of late Sultan AzlanShah, Malaysia has become the biggest hub of international hockey. Whenever Pakistan played against any team other than Malaysia, he supported us; was also a great admirer of my skills.

I have fond memories of Sultan Azlan Shah Cup- was the head coach of Pakistan in two of their three gold medal winning campaigns.