IHF, under scanner after loss to China

Former hockey players lashed out at the "skewed" selection policy of the IHF and the strategies of the team management.

india Updated: Dec 07, 2006 16:39 IST

Stunned by the team's humiliating loss to China at theAsian Games, former hockey players on Thursday lashed out at the "skewed" selection policy of the Indian Hockey Federation and the strategies of the team management.

Mercurial forward and four-time Olympian Dhanraj Pillay blamed the the IHF top brass for the downslide of Indian hockey.

"What can I say? Ask (IHF President) KPS Gill and (Secretary) K Jothikumaran -- the people who are sitting there and running the show. Ask the selectors," Pillay said.

Asked where the team was lacking, the player shot back: "tell me where we are not lacking?"

Former captain and a left winger of repute Zafar Iqbal was in loss ofwords while reacting to the disappointing loss of the Indian team to minnows China.

"What is there to say. After a stage, reactions lose their weight," he said.

However, Iqbal said tactical errors were to be blamed for India's poor showing at the Asian Games.

"The loss was purely because of tactical errors. China is a weak team and it is common sense that weaker teams play defensively.

"Even in the 1980s we had played against China and their strategy was similar. We could win that match only by a 2-0 margin even though we were a much better side," Iqbal said.

"In this case, they were defensive throughout and wherever they got the chance they scored," he said.

First Published: Dec 07, 2006 16:28 IST