ISLAMABAD: Former ace goal-keeper Mansoor Ahmed on Tuesday said the Bangladesh embassy has denied him the visa hence he would not be able to join the duty of their national team’s goal-keeping coach for the South Asian Games (SAG), scheduled to be held in India next month.
Mansoor said he waited for almost two weeks for the visa to fly to Bangladesh but only to know at the end that it could not be issued. “The Bangladesh Embassy officials told me a week earlier that I will get the visa when their Director General of Foreign Office will approve it. But now I have been told that it has not been approved.”
“I fulfilled all the requirements and provided all necessary documents. But I’m unable to understand what else they needed,” he said.
Speaking about the national game, Mansoor said he was shocked to see Indian skipper Sardar Singh’s statement against Pakistani players in which he had demanded an apology for the 2014 Champions Trophy (CT) incident. He said Sardar should focus on his game rather than giving irrelevant statements. “I cannot understand what is wrong with India, why it wants to destroy the spirit of sports in Asia,” he said.
He asked the International Hockey Federation (FIH) to take action against Indian skipper as it had also suspended Pakistani players for the CT incident that time.
Talking about the Hockey India League (HIL), he said not playing in the league would cause no harm to Pakistani players. “It seems the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) has been influenced by their cricket board that doesn’t include Pakistani cricketers in the IPL,” he said.