Hockey players urge domestic league during layoff

Sports Correspondent

28 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh national hockey team players want to get back the much-talked Premier Hockey League to continue playing on the field after Bangladesh Hockey Federation on Tuesday suspended the national team camp.

The Men's Asian Champions Trophy was postponed for the second time with no new dates from Asian Hockey Federation on Monday. BHF is hopeful to reschedule the meet in September or October.

Veteran national player and the Navy team captain Rasel Mahmud Jimmy told The Daily Sun that players would be motivated if the league took place in this unexpected break.

“We know the reason behind the postponement of the competition. We have to accept it, but if the league (premier hockey league) takes place in this break, we will be motivated. We want to get back into the league. Federation and clubs have to find a way to start it again,” said Jimmy.

The previous edition of Premier Hockey League was held in 2018 and it rolled in only six times in the last 12 years. The new committee, which was elected in May 2019, is yet to take any effective step to organise the league.

Another national player Hasan Jubayer Niloy said they would be more frustrated if the league did not take place now.

“We were hoping to return in international matches with this competition (Champions Trophy) after a long break. But the postponement made us frustrated.

“If the league doesn't take place now, we will be more frustrated,” said Niloy, a former player of the Army team.

BHF is expected to arrange a domestic competition named Shaheed Smriti Hockey Tournament in February with the participation of services teams.

Bangladesh national hockey team last played in the Men's Indoor Asia Cup in Thai city Chonburi in July 2019.