Former Pakistan hockey captain and centre-half Ghazanfar Ali, a graduate of the Punjab University in Lahore, broke into the Pakistan Junior Hockey side in 1997 at the age of 19, and was promoted to the senior team in 2000. He went on to play for Pakistan in over 245 international matches and represented Pakistan in the 2002 and 2006 Hockey World Cups; the Commonwealth Games in 2002 as well as various international tournaments including the 2004 Athens Olympics and 2002 Asian Games. He also captained Pakistan hockey team during the 2006 Champions Trophy.
Ali settled in England 12 years ago and in 2012 he became the first Pakistani to be awarded the prestigious ‘Roll of Honour’ award for his services to the game, both as a player and coach, by the Trafford Sports Council, Manchester, UK.
Having become eligible to play for England after acquiring British nationality, Ghazanfar also became the first ever Pakistani athlete to be selected to represent England in the 35+ team.
Since retiring from International Hockey Ali continues to pursue his lifelong passion and enjoys a successful career as a Professional Hockey Player and Coach. In more recent years he has concentrated on developing his international coaching skills and has gained accredited qualifications as a High-Performance Coach (Level 4) and Coaching Educator both with FIH.
It is this continuing passion which led him to fulfil his ambition to design his own range of hockey sticks and accessories, using his years of experience as a professional player and drag flick specialist to create a technically superior collection of quality and elegance.