LAHORE - Former hockey world cupper, Qasim Khan has said that that world cup disqualification is a new low for Pakistan hockey which has suffered badly in recent years due to the incompetence of Pakistan hockey federation.

"Our team failed to perform to a higher level in a number of qualifying rounds/tournaments of the World Cup because of poor planning of the PHF which failed to take adequate measures to ensure that the green shirts qualify for the mega event which is being played in Holland", he told APP here on Monday.

The former international player said the disqualification of Pakistan which pioneered the Cup four and half decade ago is a shock for the entire hockey family of the country who are of the view that the previous and present regimes of the PHF did not pay needed attention to help its team qualify for the Cup.

"Our dismal performance of being the lowest 12th team in last World Cup restricted us from qualifying for the Cup and then we wasted two ideal chances of qualification by putting up pathetic show in champions league and the Asia Cup and PHF is responsible for downfall which our hockey is facing today", he said.

"Look at our glittering past in hockey as we won the inaugural Cup in 1971 (Barcelona) and then claimed the titles in 1978 (Buenos Aires), 1982 (Bombay) and 1994 (Sydney) as no other team has achieved such excellence of winning the Cup for four times in field hockey", he added.

Qasim held responsible the polices of the PHF for this serious decline in the sport. The previous regime led by Qasim Zia made tall claims of reviving hockey but nothing was done in their five year tenure despite the fact that huge funds were spent on setting up of hockey academies across the country and no productive result came out as these institutions failed to produce a junior string which could revive the sagging fortune of the game, he maintained.

"Now the present regime is doing the same, they are without a proper plan to put the game at the right track. Today we are struggling in the game, there is no international hockey activity at home due to security concerns, we have failed to qualify for elite hockey events like World Cup and champions trophy and in the present circumstances the future of hockey seems bleak", he asserted.

The former world cupper said the present regime of the PHF was spending funds on non hockey affairs and administrative matters rather spending the money on the development of the game.

 "Incompetent professionals are running the PHF and they have failed to draw a road map to lift the game out of gloom and rather they are spending PHF resources on making foreign trips ", he said.

"It is the time to pay attention at grassroots hockey and we should form at least three junior strings to expand the base of the game besides establishing a pool of players to groom them for future needs", he said, adding," We have to start from zero and we have to revive club hockey culture as hockey is a dying sport in the country."