Munnawar uz Zaman became an active member of the Pakistan hockey team when he was merely nineteen years old. This energetic youngster made his presence felt in his very 1st match with his crucial very first goal. Munnawar uz Zaman changed a penalty corner into a match winning goal against arch rivals India. The contribution of Munnawar in the 1971 World Cup held in Spain assisted Pakistan to lift the world cup. His outstanding performance was instrumental in several other victories as well. With around a hundred global matches to his credit, Munnawar scored more than 40 goals.
Hockey was originally played on grass and the 2 Asian giants India and Pakistan totally dominated the game but after that astro turf was launched which ended the Sub Continent’s monopoly. The game of Hockey was now more of a power and speed game instead of skills. Pakistan team confronted difficulties in adjusting to new conditions. Munnawar now got retirement from international hockey, coached the team and instructed them to adjust to new conditions. Munnawar passed away during a practice session of the veteran’s hockey team when he suffered a heart attack in the year of 1994.
Munnawar uz Zaman was remarkably awarded the Pride of Performance award by the government of Pakistan in the year of 1997. He is believed to be one of the best hockey players from Pakistan Hockey.