ProfileZeeshan Ashraf Qasmi was born on 28 February 1977 in Quetta He plays full back. He made his international debut for Pakistan in 2001, and competed in the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
- He was appointed as Captain of the Pakistan national field hockey team for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and also the 2010 Hockey World Cup in India.
- After his team's poor show where they finished an ignominious 12th out of the 12 nations, Ashraf led his entire team in announcing their retirement from international hockey although it is still conceivable that they could rescind their decision.
- Ashraf was appointed captain for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India.
Ashraf blasts PHF for ignoring seniorsIn year 2012 the talented player was caught in a controversy when he lashed out at the policies of the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) and the way it has been treating senior players. Ashraf was critical of the PHF’s policy of not considering players over 30 for the National Hockey Championship starting next month. The then 34-year-old believed that the implementation of the rule, which does not apply to over-age players who are part of the national squad, would be disastrous. “The PHF should rename the event and call it the under-30 hockey tournament since the senior players aren’t allowed to be a part of it,” said Ashraf. “If youngsters can’t play with seniors, how will they learn?” Ashraf also voiced his concern over the non-implementation of the prime minister’s orders in which he had announced jobs for players. “The prime minister had ordered thrice last year that players be given jobs but nothing has been done by the PHF. Only a financially secure player can perform at his best.” PHF rejects Ashraf’s views. Meanwhile, the PHF stood firm on its decision of not considering players over 30 in the national championship.
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