Former Pakistani Hockey Captain to Play for England in 2018 World Cup

Ghazanfar Ali, former Pakistan Hockey Team captain and center-half, is going to represent England in the upcoming World Cup.

He was selected specifically for England’s 35+ hockey team and will participate in 2018 Hockey World Cup in Spain. The World Cup is scheduled from July 27 to August 5, 2018 in Barcelona.

Played More Than 200 Matches for Pakistan

Ghazanfar has played more than 245 international matches for Pakistan and has also participated in the Olympics. He is the first Pakistani hockey player to be selected for England’s 35+ team.

He graduated from Punjab University and started his career from Pakistan’s junior team in 1997. He was eventually promoted to the senior team in 2000.

Mr. Ghazanfar had the honor of representing Pakistan in 2002 and 2006 Hockey World Cup and the 2006 Champion’s Trophy. He went on to play in the 2002 Asian Games and 2004 Athens Olympics.

Moved to England

The former hockey team captain moved to England 10 years ago and recently acquired British nationality. His passion for hockey is unabated as he continues to serve the England hockey coaching development as part of a contract.

An Honor for Pakistan

He said that getting selected is an honor for him and Pakistan:

I am honored to be the first Pakistani to be selected for England 35+ team which will be participating in the World Cup next year. I will try my best to live up to the expectations.

Back in 2012, Ghazanfar received the prestigious “Roll of Honor” by the Trafford Sports Council, Manchester for services as a player and a coach. He is the first Pakistani to receive this award.

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  • Zaheer Abbasi

    Honoured? People like u r a cursed on Pakistan.

    • Zayma Asif

      pakistan don’t give him money and respect

      • Imran khan

        Yes, pakistan give no money and respect. Pakistan give money to Mehwish and respect to Meera

    • Sami

      Who are you to give the certificate of Patriotism?

      Mr Abbasi the people like you are real curse. You control the thought process of ordinary Pakistanis so that they will remain as slaves of the nationalism and will serve Politicians, Army officers, Beaurucrats and rich people of Pakistan.

      In my view every professional should try his level best to leave Pakistan to get some recognition. Pakistan is made for the rich and powerful. If you are from a lower class then this country is a real curse for you. Your talents are only appreciated in Pakistan when you belong from a Rich family.

      • Muhammed Ovais Alam

        Or if you’re a beautiful girl (without brain). People will fall into your beauty ignoring your talent :/

      • Zaheer Abbasi

        Pakaney ke liye koi aur Nai mila kaya?
        Koi ghareeb hai to kaya Pakistan ka kasoor haihai ? System ghalt hai to us ko theak kerna hamari zimedari hai. Ager ap ke ghar ke halaat theak nai hai to kaya aap usey choor, dey gey?

    • Edward Bynes

      Photo main say naak bahar arahi hai buhat bari hai tumhari naak. Baaki jawab irrelevant tha because tum mujhay baray shoom lagay.

      • Zaheer Abbasi

        Naak ka kaya karo Gey . Rishta to nai dena kaya?

    • Asghar Khan

      Why is a curse on Pakistan? . He is appreciated something good out of Pakistan which frankly has very little to offer otherwise.

    • Muhammad

      Mine slept after reading your comment.

      • Zaheer Abbasi

        Than wake this shity stuff up.

  • Hassan Murtaza

    Honored? In a certain way, Yes!

    • Sami

      For a professional guy the real honor is the recognition of his/ her talents. Pakistan abandoned him and England embraced him. Yes it is an honor for this Professional player to serve and respect those who gave him enough respect.

      • Hassan Murtaza

        Dude the honor of which he’s talking about is representing Pakistan to outside world. How can recognition of someone’s talent as honor?? Instead it’s recognition of his talent as a Pakistani is what makes this honorable. Hopefully you got the point.

  • Yahi Acha hai : Hamare Stars Pakistan Se Switch Kar Le :
    Warna Yaha Wale to Surf Sale Karne Or Ads Banae Main Mis Use Kare Ge :

  • Tam Oor

    Hockey is the national game of Pakistan… Zahir hai jab Govt humaray national game and players ki hosla afzai nahi karein ge to inho ne bhi to ghar chalanay hein na…. Cricket team walo ko to caror caror mil rahe hain… bmw… mercedes mil rahi hain…. hockey players ke naam tak nahi pata logo ko…. to yehi hona hai…..!!!

  • Pakpehlay

    Textbook example of everytime Imran Khan says “Hamaray mulk mein bohat talent hay.. wo bahir ja kay is liyaye kamyab hotay hein kionkay udher unka system unko support karta hay”

    Textbook !