Pakistan have been replaced by Malaysia in Junior Hockey World Cup as they could not confirm their participation due to unavailability of Indian visas.
International Hockey Federation (FIH) had earlier gave Pakistan a deadline to confirm their participation in the event before 5 PM on Monday and the confirmation was subjected to visas.
If Pakistan had confirmed their availability in the tournament and India would not have issued the visas later, Pakistan would have to pay heavy fine.
Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) had applied a month back for the visas of their players, but, Indian High Commission delayed the process that eventually resulted in exclusion of Pakistan from the tournament.
Pakistan and India have been going through a rough political patch and sporting ties between the two countries are badly affected.
The act is seen as a conspiracy to deliberately kick Pakistan out of the tournament. Earlier, Anurag Thakur, the President of BCCI, had stated that India want to isolate their neighbours from the whole world. They also cancelled bilateral series between women’s teams of the two countries and requested ICC to not put the arch-rivals in the same group in a multi-national cricketing event.
Junior Hockey World Cup is scheduled to be played in Lucknow, India from December 8 to December 18, moreover, the President of FIH, Narinder Batra, is also an Indian, so the dots are connecting.
Pakistan junior team won the first edition of tournament that took place in 1989.