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Indiscipline will not be tolerated during WC: Pakistan hockey coach

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

has sounded out a warning to his players, saying indiscipline will not be tolerated during in

players are gearing up to play in for the first time after the unsavoury incident during the Champions trophy, when they took off their shirts and made obscene gestures after winning their semi-final clash against

The FIH had suspended two players and while Shafqat Rasool was let off with a warning.

India had ruled out Pakistani players' participation in future editions of India League (HIL) after the incident.

"Behavioural aspect is very important for me and I have told the players that there will be straight action if any incident of indiscipline happens. I hope their behaviour will be exemplary this time," told PTI Bhasha in an interview from

"I am told that players were provoked by the spectators otherwise they would not have done that. I am sure my players will not repeat it and will be remembered for their performance. In 2014 also we have had good memories on field when we beat India and Netherlands, the 1984 Los Angeles and and 1982 Asiad gold medallist said.

Sardar, who scored a hat trick in Pakistan's 71 win in the final in in 1982, said that his experience of playing in India has been extraordinary.

"I have very fond memories of playing in India. We beat India in Asiad final in 1982 but the next day when we went for shopping, not a took money from us. We have got so much love in India and Indian cricketers and hockey players will say the same for We must continue this tradition of mutual love and respect," he said.

India and Pakistan were declared joint winner in the just concluded Asian in after the final was called off due to heavy rains. There were reports quoting Hassan that Pakistan was willing to play but India denied.

When asked about this, he said that his team wanted to play the final but he never blamed India.

"It's not like that. I only said that we wanted to play the final against India and I am sure Indians would have been feeling the same. No in the world would like to see the final getting washed away like this but realistically play was not possible in such circumstances, said the former

said India will be among the favourites while Pakistan are also capable of springing surprises in

"India is in good form and reached the final of They are playing on their home ground which does make a lot of difference. They are practising in Bhubaneshwar and it will also help them, he said.

"We have a tough pool where we will be playing against Netherlands, and We are targeting who have not played international hockey for the last one year. We have beaten and can beat on our day, said the

He also called for the revival of Indo-Pak bilateral Hockey.

"It will be good for both the countries and the game itself. It will generate interest in the game and new talents can be unearthed," he said.

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First Published: Sun, November 04 2018. 10:55 IST