LAHORE Hockey circles believe that Pakistan is left with fewer options after the mass retirement of players and the sacking of selection panel following its dismal showing in the hockey World Cup as Pakistan might skip the inaugural AHF Champions Trophy and Azlan Shah Cup to be held in Malaysia later this year. A PHF official said that the events are too far to make any decision as yet. The four-time champions Pakistan registered worst-ever performance in the World Cup finishing last in the 12-team competition which concluded on Saturday. Subsequently, the entire 18-member squad led by Zeeshan Ashraf retired from international hockey taking moral responsibility of the performance, while the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has sacked the team management and the selection committee chaired by Olympian Hassan Sardar. Struggling to deal with these issues, sources within the PHF said chances were high that Pakistan might pull out of these two events. Officials are contemplating the idea of pulling out if the players did not take back their retirement as they dont have any other option. The decision over players resignation is still pending and the new selection committee has not yet been constituted. In these circumstances, it is impossible to field a squad for the tournaments but there is still time to get tings into place, a top PHF official said. Reports said that the Asian Hockey Federations (AHF) Champions Trophy is slated to be held in Ipoh, Malaysia, from April 13-18 while the Azlan Shah Cup will be held at the same venue from May 6-16. The PHF secretary and the team manager during the World Cup Asif Bajwa has confirmed that the national federation was thinking of giving these two tournaments a miss but a decision on this matter would be taken later in the week. Nothing is finalised as of now but we might stay out of the AHF Champions Trophy and Azlan Shah Cup. We will discuss a whole range of issues in an important meeting this weekend and a decision regarding our participation in these tournaments will be taken in that, Bajwa was quoted as saying. Bajwa was of the view that Pakistan does not have adequate replacements for these retired players. We have to take any decision very carefully. These players have played well throughout the year and one cannot ignore the fact. There is no doubt that we could not live upto the expectations in the World Cup but there were some fitness related issues behind that. I am going to elaborate all in my report. he said. PHF president Qasim Zia, meanwhile, said that they have asked the players to reconsider their emotional decision. Players decision to resign was an emotional one and we have asked them to reconsider that. There are many talented players in the team who will play for Pakistan in the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games for sure, he said. We are going to constitute a new selection panel but it will take at least three weeks time. We are waiting for managers report on the World Cup, he said. He also said that a decision on non-performing seniors during the World Cup would be taken by the new selection committee.