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Pak suffer twin blows: Skipper Rizwan out with injury, deputy Butt banned for 1 game

Pakistan hockey team s World Cup campaign suffered twin blow on Thursday with skipper Muhammad Rizwan Sr ruled out of the remainder of the tournament with an injury while vice-captain Ammad Butt banned for their last Pool match against Netherlands because of a serious on-field offence. However, Butt s suspension didn t go down well with the Pakistan team management with manager Hasan Sardar terming the International Hockey Federation s (FIH) decision as bias . Butt was banned for one match after Malaysia lodged a complaint to the FIH against the player for a rough tackle in the 1-1 draw on Wednesday. Rizwan Senior fractured his little finger so unfortunately he won t be able to play any further part in this tournament, Sardar said in a video message. About Ammad Butt, we weren t informed yesterday that Malaysia had appealed. They (FIH) informed us later. We were called for hearing today. If we look at the video against which they had taken action taken action for a harsh dash, ...

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