LAHORE - Pakistan was denied wildcard entry into the Champions Trophy Hockey Tournament due to being bracketed with India. It has been learnt that the FIH, the global governing body of the game, wanted to give wildcard entry to both the former Asian giants into the event but India's 12th ranking in the world (Pakistan is ranked sixth) compelled the FIH to deny both the nations wild card entry to avoid reaction from lower ranked teams after Pakistan i.e New Zealand and Belgium. Currently Australia, England, Germany, South Korea, the Netherlands and Spain are the participating teams of the Champions Trophy. And the time the draws of the Champions Trophy were finalised, Pakistan was placed seventh but it was only after the Asia Cup it secured the sixth place but their current ranking did not earn them a place in the event that Pakistan initiated in 1978. According to sources, the FIH sought Pakistan's consent of participation in the Champions Trophy Men's Hockey Tournament to be held in Melbourne in November and the PHF replied with affirmation but unfortunately, the FIH had to think otherwise to avoid involvement into any criticism. The argument was to get both Pakistan and India in the tournament since both do not qualify on merit. An official of the Pakistan Hockey Federation confirmed that the FIH had turned down the plan to make the event an eight-nation activity instead of six-nation after Pakistan, the former Asian giant, could not qualify directly for the tournament and so did India. "We had sent a request that since Pakistan and India are major players in world hockey they should be allowed wild card entries for the Champions Trophy where number of teams can be increased to eight to accommodate them," said the official. The official said that when the FIH wanted to give both Pakistan and India a chance to played in the event but it was now turned down due to ranking of the latter. The FIH wanted to give the Asian giants representation had there been enough time to work out a plan but it was learnt that apart from the ranking issue, the time span to make it an eight nation event was also not feasible for the parent body. Pakistan will now eye its qualification for the World Cup and its conditioning camp has initiated here at the National Hockey Stadium with 31 trainees. Current top ten ranked teams Rk Team Pts 1 Germany 2530 2 Australia 2365 3 Spain 2295 4 Netherlands 2158 5 Korea 2003 6 Pakistan 1710 7 England 1565 8 New Zealand 1488 9 Belgium 1363 10 Argentina 1147.