Pakistan's chances of joining the Hockey World Cup took another hit after the decision by the PCB's Cricket Council to reject a request for financial assistance to send the national team to the big event in India on November 28th.
The World Hockey Federation has requested a PCB loan to send the team to Bhubaneswar and clear the players' extra fees. Pakistan's young coach Tauqir Dar and director Hasan Sardar confirmed they had spoken to PCB chairman Ehsan Mani and asked him for a loan to cover World Cup spending. "He was scheduled to meet us on Thursday, but because of some urgent issues he spoke to us by telephone and made it clear that PCB could not make any loans to the PHF, the federation had not repaid a loan granted to them by the board during the General of Lieutenant Lt. Tauqir Zia in early 2000, "said Dar.
Dar said that Manny said nothing saying that because of the old loan it was not possible for the board to give a new loan as he had to answer his financial advisors and auditors. " Mani Sahib has assured us that he will talk to the government and the donors to help us overcome our financial crisis, "Dar said. FK Secretary, Shahbaz Ahmed, also told PTI that the participation of the national team in the World Cup was in serious danger, as the government has not yet responded to repeated calls by the PHF to release a grant of 8 million Pakistani rupees.
"We have written directly to the Prime Minister's secretariat for the grant this week or else it would be very difficult for us to send the team to India," he said. The World Cup is scheduled in Bubanshevar from November 28 to December 16. "If we can not send the team to India, it will not only hurt our image in global hockey, but we will face a high fine from FIH," added Shahbaz.
But they said they had told Manny to talk to the Prime Minister and whether the government wanted to pay directly to the hotel where the Pakistan Cup will remain for the World Cup and also to credit the players' outstanding fees on their individual accounts instead of giving money to PHF.
The players have not yet received their daily reimbursement for the Asian Champions Trophy and the camp that was created before the tournament last month in Karachi. To ensure timely issuance of visas by the Indian High Commission, PHF has applied for a visa before to avoid problems later, as two years ago, the National Team could not travel to India for the World Youth Cup for lack of visas.
The camp for the World Cup started in the Lords Wednesday with Dar taking over the role of new coach and Danish Kaleem as his coach assistant. Hasan Sardar continues to be the manager, and Rehan Butt is an assistant coach.