BHUBANESWAR  -   Since their match against Malaysia at the World Cup here, Pakistan officials seem to be spending more time in the room of the FIH Technical Delegate than putting a game-plan together. That trend in fact might continue for a while, as Pakistan assistant coach Danish Kaleem has now been reported for not following tournament rules and regulations.

After vice-captain Ammad Butt was handed a one-match suspension by FIH on Thursday, Kaleem is now in the dock for entering the stands without having his accreditation card on him. Pakistan have appealed against Butt's suspension, which will be heard by the FIH on Saturday. The team has already lost captain Muhammad Rizwan Sr due to a toe fracture. He has been ruled out for the entire tournament.

Talking to the media after his team's practice session at the Kalinga Stadium on Friday, Tauqeer Dar, who is part of the Pakistan coaching staff confirmed the new controversy involving the assistant coach. "One more inquiry about our (assistant) coach has been lodged by Hockey India. A new inquiry every day," Dar said sarcastically. "The last few days have been very hard. Most of our energy is being wasted on things other than sports."

He then narrated what led to the complaint against Kaleem. "Danish and I sit up on the terrace and watch the match. We communicate via walkie-talkie with Hassan Sardar (manager) and Rehan Butt (coach). At half-time, I sent him with some notes to Hassan bhai. When he was coming back, he was stopped by the security and was asked to show his accreditation card. But the security people misbehaved with him."

He (Danish) asked for their names so that we could lodge a protest. After the game, I told them (security) that they should not have let us go into the stand before the match began in the first place.

It is foolish that you are stopping us later, after half-time," Dar said. “I asked them to tell me (their names) so that I can lodge a complaint that they are stopping a coach of Pakistan. But yesterday, they lodged it against us."

On Sunday, Pakistan have a crucial match coming up against the Netherlands, which will decide whether they finish among the top three in Pool D to progress to the knockouts or take the next flight back home. With one player out injured and another likely to sit out, serving a suspension, it won't be a surprise if Pakistan play a 16 vs 18 game against the Dutch on Sunday. The replacement for Rizwan Sr is yet to be named by Pakistan.