PHL fans miss Sohail Abbas

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:48 IST

Hockey enthusiasts have been missing Pakistan's hockey star Sohail Abbas at the Premium Hockey League in Hyderabad.

Hyderabad:

Hockey enthusiasts have been missing Pakistan's hockey star Sohail Abbas at the Premium Hockey League in Hyderabad. The highest goal-scorer in the world was supposed to be the star attraction at the PHL. But one week into the League, there is still no sign of the man from across the border. Sohail got married on December 26, and his trip to Hyderabad was supposed to be his honeymoon. Just in time Organisers say they have information that he may arrive from Karachi via Mumbai, in time for the clash between his team Hyderabad Sultans and Maratha Warriors. Meanwhile, the home team says jetlag or lack of practice won't bother a player of Sohail's calibre. "Sohail Abbas is a big asset and he is a player who shouldn't be bothered about lack of practice," said Narendra Pal Singh, Coach, Hyderabad Sultans. Other concerns Sohail is not the only worry for the Warriors. They are also reeling under the loss of goalkeeper Adrian D'Souza, who has been ruled out of the tournament with an injury. "He is definitely the number one goalkeeper in India and he will be missed a lot. We need to respect all the teams but we will not fear any team or individual," said Viren Rasquinha, Captain, Maratha Warriors. "Irrespective of whether Sohail comes or not, we will have our strategies planned for him,'' he added. Maratha Warriors is banking on former India captain Dhanraj Pillay to show the way. In the practice games this week, Dhanraj has displayed he is still magic on the turf.

Topics : Hockey Sohail Abbas
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