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Cash-strapped Pakistan's Hockey World Cup participation in doubt

Press Trust of India  |  Karachi 

Pakistan's chances of participating in the received another blow after the country's board, PCB, turned down a request for financial aid to send the national team for the mega event in beginning November 28.

Federation had sought a loan from the PCB to send the team to Bhubaneswar and clear the outstanding dues of players.

Pakistan's new and confirmed they had spoken to the Ehsan Mani and requested him to provide a loan to cover the expenses for

"He was scheduled to meet us on Thursday but due to some urgent issues he spoke to us on phone. He made it clear that the 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 (retd) Tauqir Zia in early 2000," said Dar.

Dar said that Mani had minced no words in stating that due to the old loan it was not possible for the board to give a new loan since it had to answer to its and auditors.

"has however assured us he will speak to the government and sponsors to help us overcome our financial crunch," Dar added.

PHF Secretary, Shahbaz Ahmed, also told that the national team's participation in was in acute danger since the government was yet to respond to repeated requests from the PHF to release a grant of 8 million Pakistani rupees.

"We have now written directly to the Prime Minister's secretariat for the grant to be released within this week or else it would be very difficult for us to send the team to India," he said.

is scheduled in Bhubaneswar from November 28 to December 16.

"If we are not able to send the team to it will not only damage our image in world but we will also face a hefty fine from the FIH," Shahbaz added.

Dar said that they had told Mani to talk to the and if the government wanted they could directly pay the hotel where the team will stay for the World Cup and also credit outstanding dues of the players in their individual accounts instead of giving any money to the PHF.

Players have yet to get their daily allowance for the Asian and the camp set up prior to the tournament last month in

To ensure it got visas on time from the Indian High Commission, the PHF has even applied for visas well in advance to avoid any issues later on as two years ago, the national junior team couldn't travel to for the Junior World Cup for lack of visa.

The camp for the World Cup has however kicked off in from Wednesday with Dar taking charge as the new and Danish Kaleem as his continues to be the and is

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 10:50 IST
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