Karachi: The Pakistani government will take its time before granting a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to its hockey team to play in the World Cup in India because of security-related issues.
Sources said Friday that Pakistani authorities will review security arrangements in New Delhi, which will host the 12-nation World Cup Feb 28 - March 13 next year, before taking a decision on whether to allow national hockey team to cross the border.
According to the source, Pakistan-India relations remained tense and there could security problems for Pakistani hockey players in India.
When contacted, Asif Bajwa, the Pakistan Hockey federation (PHF) secretary, said they will send a formal request for the government`s clearance sometime next month.
“There is still plenty of time before the World Cup starts and we will apply for an NOC after the Champions Challenge next month,” he said.