KARACHI: Former Pakistan Men’s Hockey Captain, Rehan is not planning to stop wielding his stick anytime soon, though he has been out of favour since long. He, along with few other senior players were dropped from Pakistan team following dismal at London Olympics.
The experience forward applauded the performance of younger players in the recent international events including Melbourne Champions Trophy and Doha Asian Champions Trophy in December 2012, while speaking to Muhammad Asif Khan.
“Dropping me was the decision of the hockey federation, but frankly the players performed exceptionally well in the absence of some senior guys, therefore should be highly praised”, said Rehan Butt.
“I am pleased to see the team returning with Bronze [Champions Trophy] and Gold [Asian Champions Trophy] medals in back to back events lately”, added 32-year-old forward Butt, who has recently witnessed the trails at various cities to pick national U-16 outfit for the upcoming Asia Cup to be played in Singapore from 4-7 April 2013.
Recently Pakistan Hockey Federation has given Rehan Butt the responsibility of coaching the junior outfit for the upcoming event. In the first phase he, along with other officials, selected the probables for the U-16 Asia Cup and now along with other coaching staff, will impart coaching the boys at Sialkot Hockey Stadium from 6th March, 2013.
Speaking to Asif Khan, he said that he has been enjoying his new responsibilities and considers it as a way to give something back to the country.
Rehan Butt told, “I have witnessed very good players at this level especially in Punjab and KPK, soon the probables be announced for the training camp in Karachi, where I will be working on them for the Asia Cup”
On retirement, the former skipper told that considers it a one-time call, and will not make this important decision in hurry.
“I don’t want to go and then come back. Retirement will come eventually but not till I am playing foreign leagues. I will hang my boots once and for all.” concluded Rehan Butt.
Based on Rehan Butt’s interview to Muhammad Asif Khan.