Bangladesh Hockey team to leave for Bangkok on May 4 to participate in Asian Games Qualifiers



Bangladesh National Hockey team will leave from Thailand on May 4 by an Air Asia flight to compete in the nine-nation Asian Games Qualifiers to be held in Bangkok from May 6-15.
Bangladesh Hockey Federation announced an 18-member final national squad to compete in both the Asian Games Qualifiers and the Men`s Asia Cup Hockey, also naming two stand-by players.
BHF named two separate captains for two tournaments keeping the same squad intact.
Rezail Karim Babu will lead the Bangladesh team in the Asian Games Hockey Qualifiers scheduled for May 6-15 in Bangkok while Khorshedur Rahman will captain the Bangladesh team in the Men`s a Asia Cup Hockey in Jakarta from May 23 to June 1.
Iman Gobinathan Krishnamurthy of Malaysia named as the head coach, Zahirul Islam Mitul as assistant coach and Mohammed Rafiul Haque as team leader of Bangladesh for both the tournaments.
Earlier, Bangladesh team put Pool B of the Men`s Asian Games Qualifiers along with Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and Singapore.
Bangladesh will play hosts Indonesia on May 7, Sri Lanka on May 10, and Singapore on May 12 in the group matches.
In the eight- nation Hero Men`s Asia Cup Hockey, Bangladesh team also been placed in Pool B with Malaysia, Korea, and Oman.
Bangladesh will face Korea on May 23, Oman on May 24 and Malaysia on May 26.
Earlier, Bangladesh qualified for the Men`s Asia Cup as the clinched the fourth consecutive title of the Men`s AHF Cup last month.
Oman, who finished as runners-up in the meet, also qualified to play in the eight-nation Men`s Asia Cup with auto-qualifiers, India, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, South Korea , hosts Indonesia.


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