LAHORE Pakistan hockey team management is not happy with the security arrangements made for the team during the World Cup in India, it was reliably learnt. Despite having received promises of security of the highest order, the team management is feeling insecure in the alien land where the sentiments run high against Pakistan. Reports from across the border say the team management has raised concerns over the inappropriate security arrangements made for the team. If one is to believe these reports, how would the team deliver in tournament of such magnitude and this also raises doubts over the report of the security inspection team which the PHF sent to India to okay the security arrangements and other facilities. None of the two, Rana Mujahid and Pervaiz Bhandair, were security experts and after their visit to India they declared everything satisfactory. The PHF should have sent professional security experts instead of former players and hockey officials. If the Indians are providing a security plan other than the one promised to the PHF delegation, then the Pakistan team officials should take their government into confidence and pull out of the event because no matter how big the event is, it is not bigger than the lives of national players. Reports said that Pakistan hockey teams manager Asif Bajwa will be requesting the Organising Committee in a meeting to bring more security around the Pakistan team. According to reports, the team was promised high-level security but only two vehicles were provided to the team on its route to the stadium and hotel. The traffic is not held up for the bus carrying Pakistan players so the bus has to pull up at signals with fear surrounding the team of assault from locals if not the terrorists. The reason for such a fear is that the Indian fundamentalist groups like Shiv Sena have been threatening the presence of Pakistan team or players in India. It must be mentioned here that stones were pelted at Pakistani team bus during 1989 Asia Cup in India. Meanwhile, a website report says that Hockey World Cup is already under sharp criticism from former Indian players. The tournament is scheduled to begin from February 28 in India. Ajit Pal Singh, who was Indian captain when India beat Pakistan in the epic final of the 1975 World Cup, was not let inside Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium even as he tried to make security officials understand who he was. The man, who led India to the countrys only World Cup win, was left stranded outside and it took a number of messages and phone calls before an official was sent to permit him in. A government nominee and part of the selection process for the World Cup, Ajit Pal threatened not to visit the venue again. I will boycott the World Cup. Is this how former players are treated in the name of security? Ajit Pal shouted at officials. I have been waiting here for so long. The guards here may not recognise me, but what about the hockey officials sitting inside? Should they not have intimated them that I was expected? he told media persons outside the venue. Another former captain, Pargat Singh, has already gone on record saying he feared this would be the worst World Cup ever. Meanwhile, the media on Wednesday staged a boycott at a promotional event of the forthcoming hockey World Cup in New Delhi over strict restrictions imposed by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) on the coverage of the tournament. During the promotional event, organised by a major partner of the World Cup with the Indian team, media representatives protested the restrictions loudly and vehemently, not allowing FIH spokesman Arjen Meijer to speak. The journalists then walked out of the event, an Indian television channel reported. Meijer also followed the journalists and tried to convince them to return by assuring them that their concerns will be looked at. Meijer was also informed about how the media was treated for the last three weeks. We were not allowed to cover the practice session of the Indian team and we are also not allowed to enter the team hotels. How can media function under such circumstances? the journalists asked. Meijer said after coming out of the event: I am helpless. I am on your side and thats why I have come here. We will sort out all the accreditation issues by today. Let us not look into the past. I cannot change whatever has happened. But I will ensure that everything will be properly managed from now. The FIH had said in a statement that media access to the training sessions of the World Cup hockey teams would not be allowed without the activation of the accreditations, which are expected to come into effect only a day before the start of the World Cup on Sunday. But after a meeting of the Coordination Commission of the World Cup, it was decided that media would be allowed access to the teams practice sessions from Thursday. This, however, was not implemented. Meanwhile, the opening match of the Hockey World Cup between India and Pakistan is a total sold out on the net as well as in New Delhis retail outlets and fans are complaining they are not getting tickets for the fixture. The tickets board puts up a 'House Full board. Similarly, retail outlets which are also selling tickets are doing the same, Indian website reported. Sale of tickets for the match began on February 3. Apart from the website these are also available at select outlets of Cafe Coffee Day, Union Bank of India branches and many 24x7 convenience stores. Shailesh Kumar, a hockey fan, has been running from one outlet to another but s failed to get a ticket so far. I wanted to buy it online but all tickets were sold. Then I went to several outlets in south Delhi, but didnt get lucky. I have lost hope now. The matches will be played at 4.00 pm, 6.00 pm and 8:00 pm, everyday according to Pakistan standard time. Every team plays the other team every alternate day. The teams that are participating in the event are Australia, South Africa, Pakistan, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Canada, Argentina, Spain, Germany and England.