KARACHI: The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) on Friday threatened to pull out of next year's World Cup in India unless assured of "easy procurement" of visas and "top security" for its players at the event.
According to media reports, the PHF president, Khalid Khokhar claimed to have raised these issues during his recent meetings with president of Indian Hockey Federation, Narinder Batra in Dubai.
The World Cup is scheduled to be held in November-December next year.
"We had a very good meeting as we conveyed all our concerns to Batra and other member of Indian side. I have made it clear to them that we want assurances from FIH that we will face no problems with procurement of visa and will be given top security during the event," Khokhar said.
"I made it clear that if we face similar problems that our junior team faced in getting visas than we will not send our team to India," he added.
He said that the Indian High Commission in Islamabad had refused to issue visas for the national junior team despite the PHF applying on time for the Junior World Cup earlier this year.
Khokhar said that he has spoken to Batra about the launch of a Pakistan Hockey League.
"We also spoke to Batra and other FIH members about our plans to launch the Pakistan Hockey League and sought assurances from them that foreign players will be available for the league."