The Pakistan National Field Hockey Team (Urdu: پاكِستان قومى ہاكى ٹِيم), also known as the Green Shirts represent the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) in international field hockey competitions. Field Hockey is the national sport of Pakistan. Pakistan has been one of the most successful teams in international competitions, having won a world record four Hockey World Cup titles. With 338 goals, Pakistan's Sohail Abbas holds the current world record for most international goals scored by a player in the history of international field hockey.
Mohammad Imran (captain)
Abdul Haseem Khan
Squad restructuring following poor performances
After the poor performance at the 2010 Hockey World Cup the coach Shahid Ali Khan was sacked along with several other senior personnel and the entire squad announced their voluntary retirement following the poor performances. However the PHF President refused to accept their resignations and the players continued to play for the team. It also emerged that the squad had been forced to announce their retirement by Asif Bajwa, a senior official. Former Pakistani hockey player, Shahbaz Ahmad, announced that he would be willing to coach the team for free and that he had been approached by the PHF. He also mentioned that he would not take the position unless Asif Bajwa was sacked. Following this, the restructured squad has seen somewhat of a resurgence with a 5–5 draw against the mighty Australians who won the 2010 Hockey World Cup. They also thrashed Egypt 6–2.
The PHF was on the hunt for a foreign coach and had temporarily given the assignment of coaching to Khawaja Junaid. German coach Paul Lissek along with Australian Barry Dancer and Dutch coach Michel van den Heuvel were on the list but the current security situation rendered this not possible. The Dutch coach Michael van den Heuvel landed in Pakistan to come to an agreement with the hockey federation for a possible coaching stint with the team. While a deal was being planned, Khawaja Junaid had returned to coaching the junior team, while Manzoor Hussain had been appointed as the temporary coach of the team. A few days later the Pakistan Hockey Federation announced that Michel van den Heuvel has been appointed as Pakistan's hockey coach, with a pay of 10,000 euros.