Chunk of India-Pakistan Hockey History Ignored by World Body's Statistics

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Chunk of India-Pakistan Hockey History Ignored by World Body's Statistics


Mumbai, Oct. 25 -- How many times have India played Pakistan in hockey? Numbers differ depending on whom you trust - the official record keeper of the international body or statisticians in the two countries.

As per a software recognised by the international hockey federation (FIH), India and Pakistan have faced off in just 47 matches, whereas top Indian statisticians claim the two countries have figured in 166 matches.

The huge gap came to light on Sunday, ahead of the clash between the traditional rivals in the Asian Champions Trophy at Kuantan, Malaysia. India triumphed to claim their 54th win against Pakistan, who have won 82 encounters (as per records not recognised by FIH).

However, statistics compiled by the Canadian software company, Altius, show the rivals have played only 47 encounters (including Sunday's clash) with India winning 19 and Pakistan 25, and three ending in a draw.

A perusal of the statistics compiled by Altiusrt, the flagship product of the company, and available on www.tms.fih.ch reveals that it only recognises encounters in official FIH tournaments like the Olympic Games, Champions Trophy, continental championships, Asian Games and some invitational competitions like Azlan Shah. …

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