LAHORE, Jan 10 (APP):The newly-appointed coach of Pakistan hockey team on Thursday said participation of national players in the FIH Pro-league would be a big opportunity for learning and providing the them much needed high  profile international exposure and experience."Young players need to improve their game which is only possible if they get the opportunity to play 
against world top notch hockey players and pro league will provide them an ideal chance to face off with 
different hockey nations," he told APP here after supervising the afternoon session of the national 
camp set up for the build up of Pak team for Pro league being played in different countries later this month.
	 The former hockey Olympian was of the view that Pak  team needs to change its style of play, switching 
to attacking game from its usual defensive approach during run of play.
	 "Players have to drop this tendency (defensive approach) which has damaged Pakistan hockey in 
recent years and it is one of the main key reason of down fall of our national sport," said Saeed.
	 The team coach and manager said in the ongoing camp efforts are being made to change the mind set 
of players helping  them to adopt fast track of game. 
	 "Attaching hockey helps in mounting pressure on opponents, creates ample opportunities of goal scoring 
and that is the reason other hockey nations have progressed a lot in international hockey in last one decade 
whereas we have a nose dive trend and stand nowhere at world ranking which indicates that we 
are at weak side in world level."
	 He said another reason which contributed to the overall decline of the hockey was suspension of 
international hockey at Pakistani soil in the last one decade. 
	 "If foreign teams are not visiting the country on regular basis, how come our players will be lifting 
the level of their game as arranging foreign tours on regular intervals is quite an expensive 
venture," said the team official.
	 To a question, he said the team management has no such information that the Pakistan Hockey 
Federation has decided not to participate in the Pro league owing to paucity of funds.
	"I am optimistic that PHF will arrange necessary funds to ensure Pakistan’s participation in the league 
to revive the sagging fortune of the hockey," he said adding, "Due to the same scenario question mark was 
posed on participation of Pak team in international events in the recent past and eventually PHF 
was able to get funds to send its team abroad and hopefully this time it will also secure funds for 
ensuring team’s participation in pro league."