NEW DELHI (AFP) Tough security measures in place for the field hockey World Cup look set to prevent hundreds of fans from watching the opening days clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan on Sunday. Tickets for the days three matches in the 12-nation tournament at the 19,000-seater Dhyan Chand National Stadium are not available online or through the designated outlets in the Indian capital. We did not get a stock for the first day, but tickets for the others days are available with us, said a manager of a Cafe Coffee Day shop. Everyone is asking for tickets for the India-Pakistan match. The website www.ticketgenie.in is selling tickets online, but for matches from the second day onwards and only for the general uncovered stands. Tickets are not being sold for the covered stands on the southern side of the stadium, where the teams dressing rooms are, for the entire tournament which ends on March 13. A member of the organising committee declined to comment on why tickets for the opening day were not available, amid speculation that police in plain clothes will fill the stands. For the other days there is no problem, he told AFP. As for the covered stands, we have been advised by police not to sell tickets as a security precaution. The Hindu newspaper reported over the weekend that police want the organizers to refund the money if tickets have been sold for the covered stands. Security concerns for the World Cup were fuelled by a bomb blast last week in the western city of Pune that killed 15 people. It was the first major attack on Indian soil since the 2008 Mumbai assault by Islamist gunmen that left 166 dead. India has imposed a security clampdown for the tournament, which is being regarded as a test run for anti-terror measures ahead of the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi from October 3-14. Home secretary G.K. Pillai had told reporters on Monday that although there was no credible threat to the World Cup, thousands of police and para-military forces would guard the tournament. Former India hockey captain Pargat Singh, who failed to secure the opening days tickets for his sports academy students, lashed out at the organisers. This will be by far the worst organised World Cup, Singh told reporters. What should have been a showpiece event is fast becoming an embarrassment. I have been trying to buy tickets for players of my academy for the past two weeks, but still dont know how to procure them, he said. The media has been barred from entering the stadium or interacting with the players till the tournament starts under instructions from tournament director Ken Read. Read has determined that media access to training will not be possible until accreditations are active, which is expected to be on February 27th, a statement from the organisers said on Tuesday. Meanwhile, they are team everybody wants to see in action at hockeys biggest stage, the World Cup. So, sight of this hugely talented Pakistani players trooping out of bus on Monday evening, more than made up for long wait one had to endure amidst tight security at the team hotel. The players looked tired and jaded after a long and arduous bus journey from Lahore to Delhi via Wagah border, but excitement of reaching India was clearly visible on their faces. Zeeshan Ashraf-led teams presence in World Cup is important since they were first major team from across the border to come to India for a sports event following 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. Pakistanis understand significance of the tour. Asked why team came by bus when they could have reached Delhi from Lahore in 50 minutes flat by air, manager Asif Bajwa smiled and replied: The journey may be tough, but we have come here with a message of peace. For our brothers, this fatigue is nothing. Bajwa said day before coming players met Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani. He told us 'you are our ambassadors. There were not many gun-totting security personnel in team hotels vicinity, but one could feel presence of tight security with several plainclothes policemen ensuring that nobody got close to players. Still, some media men managed to have word or two with players who said they were looking forward to a good outing in World Cup. Earlier, team came to Capital in Delhi-Lahore bus and shifted to a DTC bus at Ambedkar bus terminal, where they were received and garlanded by officials from Pakistan High Commission and Hockey India. Bajwa said good security cover was provided during their trip from the Wagah border to team hotel. We are happy with security arrangements made for us and the World Cup. Right from point we entered India till reaching here, security was strict and tight, said Bajwa, who is also secretary of Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF). This is Pakistan hockey teams first visit to the country in overtwo years, last being their visit for the Asia Cup in Chennai in 2007.