Sohail Abbas named foe new Captain from Pakistan after a long wait. He Started his career from the 7th Pak-India series 1998. He is the highest goal scorer in the history of field hockey, his father, Syed Iftikhar Hussain, was a former first-class cricketer.
Abbas has scored 300 international goals as of 9 December 2009, break the 22-year-old record of Dutch penalty corner specialist Paul Litjens.
“Sohail is one of our key players and his experience makes him even more important,” said Khawaja Junaid, Pakistan’s coach. “We are confident that he will inspire the boys to give their best in the forthcoming matches,” added Junaid, a former Olympian.
The period May-June, when Pakistan was included in the Azlan Shah Cup Sultan in Ipoh (Malaysia) and play test matches in Holland, Germany and Belgium, seem to put Pakistan Sohail also conducted in London Olympics 2012 bursts into action on 27 July.
Sohail, 35, is simply one of the most experienced hockey players of Pakistan during the last decades. The Green Shirts confident in their abilities to score, with a dragging motion trademark short corner. But never when he was captain of Pakistan hockey officials thought it was the right decision, even though traditionally the highest-ranking player automatically receives the computer as the captain armband.
The Karachi-based star, who began his international career in 1998, were the team players the highest level for quite some time, but it was only after Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) was left without other options Sohail finally made the captain of a 18-man team, which was appointed by the national selectors after tests on a Sunday.