Bangladesh start training, China withdraw –

Sunday, July 24, 2022
Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:37, Mar 09,2022 | Updated: 23:12, Mar 09,2022
China withdrew their participation from the AHF Cup 2022, which enhanced the probability for Bangladesh becoming champions for the fourth straight time of the Asia’s second-tier field hockey competition.
Asia’s sixth-ranked team China, pulled off their participation on Wednesday before the competition that will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia from March 11 to 20.
The 11th-placed Bangladesh – champions of 2008, 2012 and 2016 editions – will now have tough competition against seventh-ranked Oman, who suffered 1-2 defeat against Bangladesh in the previous edition in 2018.
Malaysian coach Iman Gobinathan Krishnamurthy’s charges also will also face other higher-ranked sides   — Thailand (8th), Sri Lanka (9th), Singapore (10th) – along with lower-ranked teams in the tournament, the qualifying event for the next edition of the Asia Cup.
Bangladesh reached Jakarta on March 8 and all the team members were tested Covid-19 negative before they started their first practice session on Wednesday.    
Bangladesh will start their Pool B campaign by taking on hosts Indonesia on March 11.
In the other three poll matches, Bangladesh will face Oman on March 14 before facing Iran and Singapore respectively on March 15 and 17.
After China’s withdrawal, Pool A is comprised of Thailand, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.
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