Monday, 18 October, 2021

Club Cup Hockey

Biased umpiring hurts Mariners’ foreign recruits

Mariner Young’s Club’s Indian recruit Satender Kumar has raised questions on biased umpiring in the ongoing Club Cup Hockey Tournament after playing his debut match in Bangladesh.

“I think there are some issues with umpiring. He (umpire) had not given the decisions equally in the match. They preferred the opponents. I don’t know the actual reason behind it but we felt that after the match. I think they made some wrong decisions,” Satender told The Daily Sun on Sunday.

“I shouldn’t talk much about the standard of the domestic league in Bangladesh at this moment because I just have a little experience. It is my first participation in Bangladesh. It’s Asian hockey, I felt the style is almost similar,” the 30-year-old Mariners forward said, who last played for India in 2016.

Apart from Satender, Mariners played three other Indians -- Shukjeet Sing, Pradeep Mor and Abhishek -- in their first group match where they beat Bangladesh Sporting Club by 7-2 goals at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium in the capital on Friday.

Satender and Shukjeet made their debut memorable as both contributed 3 goals in the goalfest game while Satender scored twice and Sujit added one for the team.

Former Indian forward Shukjeet last played the national team 2018 while forward Pradeep Mor was part of the 2016 Olympics team. Forward Abhishek played for the junior team in 2018. He was also a part of the U-18s for Asian Cup Hockey in Dhaka in 2016.   

Indian players have been staying with local players in the same hotel. Shukjeet said that they are satisfied with the good arrangements here. He also felt that they have been facing a few problems communicating with hotel boys.

“We are totally satisfied with the arrangements. There is a communication problem with the hotel guys otherwise everything is well. Club management is so lovely. Our captain (Mamunur Rahman Chayan) and other players are also fine. Some of them know our language too,” said Shukjeet.

Another forward Pradeep said that they were confident enough to hand over both trophies -- Club Cup and Premier Division -- to Mariners this year.   

“We are new here except Abishek. He earlier played in the U-18 Asian Cup in 2016. The league is fine so far, pitch is very first. It’s good. We are here to win the trophies. We will give 100 percent focus on the leagues,” Pradeep concluded.   

However, Mariners continued their winning run in the ongoing tournament as they beat Azad Sporting Club by 9-0 goals in their second match at the same venue on Sunday.

Another Indian player Harshdeep Kapoor, who made his debut in the day’s match, scored twice for the team while Satendar and Abhishek added one goal each. Milon Hossain added two goals while Chayan, Fazle Hossain Rabbi and Shahidur Rahman Saju contributed one goal each among the local players.

In the day’s other match, Sonali Bank defeated Bangladesh Sporting Club by 4-0 goals. Rakib, Parvez, Mehedi and Roky added one goal each for the winners.