Published:  12:31 AM, 14 July 2019

Hockey team makes hard practice in Thailand

Hockey team makes hard practice in Thailand Bangladesh national hockey team captured during their practice session at Bangkok indoor stadium on Saturday. -BHF

The Bangladesh national hockey team, now in Thailand to take part the upcoming Indoor Asia Cup, made their first practices on Saturday at Bangkok indoor stadium.

Bangladesh was supposed to play a practice match against Kazakhstan but finally it was declined. Bangladesh will play their match of the tournament against Malaysia on July 15.  

Earlier Bangladesh Hockey team left Dhaka for Thailand on Friday. For the first time ever there will be 11 teams will compete in the tournament which is the highest amount of competing teams ever with Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal and the Philippines will be making their debuts.

Bangladesh have been grouped in Pool A along with defending champions Iran, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand while the Pool B consist with Chinese Taipei, Kazakhstan, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore and Uzbekistan.

Bangladesh will open their group A campaign taking on Malaysia on Monday (July 15) and will meet Iran on July 16. The boys in red and green will play their third match against Philippines on July 17 before playing their final group match against Thailand on July 18.

The 12-member final squad are Asim Gope (GK), Abu Sayed Nippon (GK), Imran Hassan Pintu, Rashel Mahmud Jimy, Ashraful Islam, Khorshedur Rahman, Farhad Ahmed Shitul, Fazle Hossain Rabbi, Sarwar Hossain, Mainul Islam Kowshik, Milon Hossain and Rumman Sarkar.

Officials: Hamidreza Bokharaei (head coach), Zahid Hossain Razu (coach), Jamil Abdun Naser (team manager) and Shahbaz Ali (umpire).


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