Karachi: Pakistan hockey team coach Shahnaz Sheikh made allegations that it was “India’s conspiracy” to put pressure on his players ahead of the Champions Trophy final against Germany, which his team lost 0-2.
Pakistan players had engaged in wild celebrations after beating arch-rivals India 4-3 in semi-final with some taling their jerseys off while making obscene gesture towards the Indian spectators. As a result two of his players Amjad Ali and Mohammed Tousiq were banned.
Sheikh alleged foul-play and also said that a “small incident” was blown out of proportion. “The way the incident of our players celebrating after the semi-final win over India was blow out of proportion and the manner in which we were put under pressure before the final against Germany is a confirmation of Indian conspiracy. They didn’t want us to win the title,” Sheikh told PTI in an interview.
Sheikh also complained that the team wasn’t provided with any security while crossing the Wagah Border.
“It was a long drive and there was no security escort given to us which was strange because in the past buses have been stoned and harassed on this route. More importantly, soon after we beat India in the semi-final, the attitude towards us changed and it added to the pressure on us before the final.”