Shahnaz Sheikh

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Shahnaz Sheikh
Medal record
Men's Field Hockey
Competitor for the  Pakistan
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1972 Munich Team
Bronze medal – third place 1976 Montreal Team
Hockey World Cup
Gold medal – first place 1971 Barcelona Team
Silver medal – second place 1975 Kuala Lumpur Team
Gold medal – first place 1978 Buenos Aires Team
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 1970 Bangkok Team
Gold medal – first place 1974 Tehran Team
Gold medal – first place 1978 Bangkok Team
Asia Cup
Champions Trophy
Gold medal – first place 1978 Lahore Team

Shahnaz Sheikh is a retired Pakistani hockey player. He was born at Sialkot, Pakistan. Presently he is a head coach of Pakistan National Hockey Team.

A forward, Shahnaz Sheikh played between 1969 and 1978. He was capped 68 times and scored 45 goals for the Pakistan National Hockey Team. He won Silver in 1972 and Bronze in 1976 Olympics . Shahnaz won the 1971 Field Hockey World Cup and was runner-up in 1975 and won again in 1978. Shahnaz was one of the most skilled hockey players that Pakistan produced. At the same time Shahnaz was also was an explosive player who stood tall among his contemporaries and would have easily walked into any field hockey side in the world. Being given a feminine name, that was the only soft thing about him as he was a marauder on the left wing, and an inner to Samiullah during the later part of his career. He ran shivers down the spines of opposition defences with his tremendous ball control and situational awareness. To opposing teams he was a nemesis, virtually unstoppable on his day and more than a handful on several other occasions.

In the early 1970s he was the most agile Pakistani forward and by the mid 1970s he had become such a force that his absence from the field through injury was a major cause of the Green shirts narrowly losing two high profile matches: the 1975 World Cup final against India at Kaula Lumpur and the 1976 Montreal Olympics against Australia in the Semis. On both occasions, Pakistan went down 2–1 in controversial circumstances. Shahnaz also had a good hockey head over his shoulders. One lasting impression of him was his rather brief stint as coach of the Pakistan Junior team, in which Pakistan won the Junior Asia Cup.

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