Pakistan Hockey’s campaign at the ongoing Odisha Men’s Hockey World Cup went from bad to worse after the team suffered a blow early this week on Thursday.
While skipper Muhammad Rizwan Senior was ruled out of the remainder of the tournament with an injury, his deputy Ammad Butt was given a one-match ban because of a potential on-field offence against Malaysia’s Faizal Saari.
However, all is well now, as the International Hockey Federation (FIH) has let-off Ammad Butt with a reprimand for carelessly running into a Malaysian player during their last match, clearing the striker to play the crucial last Pool D match against Netherlands on Sunday.
The FIH also also approved Arslan Qadir as a replacement for injured Rizwan Senior in the 18-member squad for the remainder of the tournament. Rizwan Sr was ruled out after fracturing the little finger of left leg during the match against Malaysia.
Besides Butt, assistant coach Danish Kaleem too escaped with a reprimand after the FIH initiated an inquiry against him on Hockey India’s complaint for allegedly breaching security protocol and wandering around the stadium without his accreditation card.