Chandigarh: Pakistan hockey forward Aziz Tariq who is in India to participate in the World Series Hockey tournament scheduled to start on February 29, 2012 said that hockey in India and Pakistan is suffering due to politics.

“The respective federations must support the players instead of threatening them to ban if they are willing to play in any league, like World Series Hockey”, said Aziz Tariq.

Tariq was among the three Pakistan players played for World Series Hockey World XI against Prabhjot Singh-led India XI in an exhibition match here on Tuesday.

''The condition of national game in both India and Pakistan is the same and the current situation is even worse. Now I am not the part of Pakistan Hockey Federation that’s why I am free to play in any league” Tariq added.

Tariq also said, ''Some Pakistani players are playing in professional leagues in Holland, Spain and England but PHF does not allow players to participate in professional league.”

“If officials start working on the merit only then India and Pakistan will be able to rise again will become a strong international teams. India and Pakistan play attacking hockey in comparison to the European nations who play defensive game'', Tariq said in reply to the last question.

(JPN/Bureau)