The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) on Wednesday cancelled the tri-nation tournament
after India and Malaysia decided to skip the event due to security reasons.
Pakistan Hockey Federation secretary Asif Bajwa said the
board was informed that the government in New Delhi had
blocked the visit. "It is very disappointing that India... has
refused to send their team, terming the current situation
not conducive for the tour," Bajwa told AFP
The tournament assumed significance as it would have been
the first visit in eight years by an Indian hockey team to
Pakistan. The three-nation competition was to take place
from April 9 to 13.
"We had made top-level security arrangements for the event
and had thought that the event will give a new fillip to Indo-Pak
hockey as both countries are also (participating) in London Olympics
2012, but everything is spoiled," said Bajwa.