Pakistan seems to be facing a financial crunch which may put brakes on its participation in Hockey World Cup. Reportedly, the country’s cricket board, PCB, turned down a request for financial aid to send the national team for the mega event in India beginning November 28.
Pakistan Hockey Federation had sought a loan from the PCB to send the team to Bhubaneswar and clear the outstanding dues of players.
Pakistan’s new head coach Tauqir Dar and manager Hasan Sardar confirmed they had spoken to the PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani and requested him to provide a loan to cover the expenses for the World Cup.
“If we are not able to send the team to India it will not only damage our image in world hockey but we will also face a hefty fine from the FIH,” Shahbaz added.
It is reported that PCB couldn’t advance any loan to the PHF since the federation had not returned a loan given to them by the board during the tenure of Lt General (retd) Tauqir Zia in early 2000.