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

Karachi, November 8

Pakistan’s chances of participating in the Hockey World Cup received another blow after 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.

“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 Lt General (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 financial advisors and auditors.

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