KARACHI The fact that Pakistan clinched berth in the title round of the World Cup at New Delhi next year speaks well of the policy that the PHF followed despite the opposition it received immediately after taking over. When Pakistan team left Lahore about 10 days ago to play in the six nation Mens World Cup qualifiers in Lille (France) doubts were raised by cynics opposed to the young batch of hockey administrators in the PHF but the national team picked up after some hiccups at the picturesque venue close to Belgium birder and delivered what every Pakistani hockey wanted a berth in the World Cup in India. It was a policy of keeping faith in the hockey team management and its ability to mould the team into winning combination that paved the way for Pakistans 3-1 win over Japan in the final contest of the six team competition. PHF president Qasim Zia and his secretary Asif Bajwa, both stalwarts of international hockey, kept their course despite a host of hurdles sat in their way by many individuals. They succeeded in proving what a new generation of young hockey administrators could do for the national game. Their faith in keeping Shahid Ali Khan as coach-cum-manager of the team and inviting all those players who could contribute to Pakistans success at Lille was major factor for teams success. Any other management would have wavered and fallen prey to the criticism but both Qasim Zia and Asif Bajwa stayed their course. They have accomplished the first and important task of getting the berth in New Delhi and now they have enough time to train the team for a bigger challenge. They have more than three months to remove all the shortcoming seen at Lille and improve teams scoring and defence which will be necessary to make impact at New Delhi. Pakistan was impressive but not its best in France. The 2-3 loss to Poland in the last match of the league round should be seen seriously. The defeat showed that Pakistan team needed better physical fitness. Pakistan lost only because it lacked the fitness needed to play in a league competition on energy sapping plastic surfaces. Pakistan has found a good and reliable keeper in Salman Akber and a good scorer in Sohail Abbas. Its striking front line is also effective but it is here that Pakistan had to work further. Pakistan had always relied on lethal striking power of its strikers in the past winning four World Cup titles. In Rehan Butt, Shakeel Abbasi and young Haseem khan Pakistan has electrifying striking line. They scored twelve goals from field efforts while thirteen went to the credit of Sohail Abbas (9) and Imran (2).The team needed sharp and better combination while developing attack up in front. The other area where Pakistan needs improvement is in middle and deep defence. The defence line was susceptible to fast attacks of Poland and Japan in the qualifier. A new strategy or a couple of new tough defenders would be needed to strengthen this department. Pakistan has heavily relied on Sohail Abbas in the PC drill. Time has come when Pakistan should have more than three options for taking the PC which in modern hockey has become the winning factor. The 7th ranking does not truly reflect the strength of Pakistan at world level. Pakistan should be ranked higher with Australia, Holland and Spain. Besides improving its on field strategy and team and individual performances Pakistan need super-fit players who could play at blistering pace for over 90 minutes. The PHF can only help the players but it is for individual players who should improve their fitness and individual brilliance. Shahid Ali Khan has done a good job and it is expected the hockey stalwart with good tip and advice from the team selection committee and the PHF management would do even a better job at New Delhi.