THE Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) are still awaiting for Pakistan to send in their confirmation letter to play in the Asian Champions Trophy in Kuantan on Oct 20-30.
MHC, the hosts, gave them until Oct 6 to reply but after sending Pakistan Hockey several reminders, they have hit a brick wall.
"Yes, we have yet to get a confirmation letter from Pakistan. And our cut-off date was Oct 6, but the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) asked us to wait until today (yesterday).
"But we have not received anything from them. If they do decide to come after this, they will have to make their own internal travel and accommodation bookings," said MHC CEO K. Logan Raj.
And if Pakistan fail to turn up?
"The tournament will go on with five teams, and the semi-finals format will be maintained after the pool matches," said Logan.
It is believed that Pakistan, champions of the last edition, have yet to get the green-light from their government to play in Kuantan.
The teams which have sent confirmation are hosts Malaysia, India, South Korea, China and Japan.
The ACT offers International Hockey Federation (FIH) ranking points for the first time in its Fourth Edition, and media reports in Pakistan say that they have already selected a team for Kuantan.