Aslam Sher wants administrative powers for selectors

July 12th, 2008 - 8:19 pm ICT by IANS  

By Avishek Roy
Hyderabad, July 12 (IANS) India’s hockey selection committee chairman Aslam Sher Khan wants more administrative powers for the selectors so that the game can be made truly professional. The Olympian’s comments come at a time when technical advisor Ric Charlesworth has put in his papers after getting frustrated with the shoddy administration.

Aslam Sher told IANS that the selection committee, comprising five Olympians, possesses enough knowledge to improve the standard of the game in the country.

“We need a result-oriented concept that can change the face of Indian hockey and only people with knowledge about the game can do it,” he said.

Aslam Sher is also a member of the ad-hoc committee which is now running Indian hockey after dissolving the K.P.S. Gill-led Indian Hockey Federation (IHF).

“As of now we are only concerned with the selection of the team. We are all former players and if we are given more administrative powers, we can put a system in place and I am confident that within four years we can put Indian hockey back on track.”

Aslam Sher said people are expecting a dramatic changes after the supersession of the IHF and unless the whole set-up was professionalised, Indian hockey could not hope to come out of the morass it was in.

“There is no point in just keep on functioning and indulging in blame game. If India does not perform well, it is the selectors who will get the stick. More questions are asked of us because we are all former players,” he said.

“We have to realise that unless there is a proper system in place, India cannot move forward.”

He said that meeting with the Olympians here Sunday-Monday is the right way to go about in drawing up a roadmap for Indian hockey

Asked about Charlesworth’s resignation, Aslam Sher said it was a “complicated issue”.

“He had joined when K.P.S. Gill was there. We do not know what he was told about his role. I am sure if Charlesworth had come after the ad hoc committee had come in, things would have been different.”

Asked whether they will look for an Indian coach after Charlesworth, Aslam Sher said somebody should put his hand up and say that he was ready to take up the responsibility and make necessary changes.

He also said that after the experience of Charlesworth, it is better to have an Indian coach now.

“There is no Indian who has said that give me the job and I will make a difference. It needs courage. It is another matter that names are being pushed through lobbying, but why isn’t there a single person who boldly says ‘make me the coach and I will give you results.”

Though he did not take the name of present coach A.K. Bansal as a possible candidate for the coaching the national side, he showered praise on him.

“Bansal has done a wonderful job at the Azlan Shah and the entire credit should go to him. If he comes forward and says that he is ready to coach the senior side, we will consider his name,” he said.

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