Indian Hockey coach lashes out at selectors

February 4th, 2009 - 12:21 am ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Feb 3 (IANS) India’s coach in-charge Harender Singh lashed out at hockey selectors for questioning the commitment of the senior players in the side.Selector Aslam Sher Khan had said that the ongoing Punjab Gold Cup tournament will be the last chance for the senior players to prove themselves.

“Aslam Sher Khan has no business giving such statements in the media. You cannot question the commitments of senior players like Dilip Tirkey, Deepak Thakur, Prabhjot Singh and Arjun Halappa,” said a visibly upset Harender after India beat Olympic champions Germany Tuesday.

“Our selectors are just trying to manipulate things to fulfill their vested interests and hockey is suffering because of this. The team is doing well at the moment but such statements would demoralise them.”

He added that the boys were low on morale before Tuesday’s match.

“The present team is very committed. There is one player who even postponed his marriage to play in the tournament. He has done this not for the sake of money but for the love for the game,” he said.

When contacted, Khan said, “My intentions were not wrong and it all depends the way the comments are taken.”

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