New Delhi: Former captain and coach of Pakistan hockey team Tahir Zaman feels that foreign coaches are not a long term solution for India and Pakistan hockey as they come from completely different background.

"Almost all the experiments with foreign coaches have flopped in India and Pakistan. India once brought Ric Charlesworth as high performance director but could not utilise him. Same is the case with Pakistan," Zaman said from Cairo where he works as head coach of Egypt men's team.

"People say that Pakistan had won the 1994 Sydney World Cup because of Dutch coach Hans Jorritsma. He was an important part of the Pakistani contingent at Sydney but his role was restricted to train the team on specific areas like short corners and defense. And he was neither in charge of the entire squad, nor the principle planner. The overall incharge was the team manager Rashid Jr.

"During the 1994 World Cup it was also interesting to note that Pakistan won most of their matches on the basis of field goals, playing fast attacking hockey that was their quintessential style, and not penalty corners," he added.

Jorritsma was the first foreign coach of the Pakistan hockey team, followed by Dutch coach Reolant Oltmans (2004-05) and currently they have another Dutchman in Michel Van Den Heuvel.

India, meanwhile had German born Gerhard Peter Rach (2004), Australian veteran Ric Charlesworth (2008) and Spain's Jose Brasa (2009-10) as foreign coaches.

Insisting that the administrative system is responsible for the present state of hockey in the subcontinent, Zaman said that players are not responsible for the failures in recent years.

"Our players are genius but what do they do. You have a new coach frequently, so how can they deliver results. Every coach has his own style, which sometimes is total opposite of the previous one.

Plus, we don't have proper domestic structure for hockey in India and Pakistan," he said.

When asked if he feels India could still qualify for the London Olympic 2012, Zaman replied in positive.

"India did well in Guangzhou Asian Games. Except for last two matches, they were very good and could have won the gold.

I think India will qualify for the London Olympic."

Whether he is interested in coaching the Indian team, the Pakistani veteran said that he has no problem provided he gets modern facilities and confidence.

"This seems to be hypothetical but it can be a turning point as far as Indo-Pak hockey or Asian hockey in concerned.

I am very well aware of the current atmosphere and relation between the two countries but being a professional coach I don't have any hesitation in coaching Indian team. What I need is modern facilities and trust," he said.

(Agencies)