Bangladesh face Oman tomorrow

Bangladesh face host Oman in the 10th edition of

Men's Hockey Junior Asia Cup that commences from tomorrow (Tuesday) at

Salalah Sports Complex in Salalah, Oman.

The match kicks off at 10 pm (BST).

The players of Bangladesh hockey team went through nearly three month camp

for the Asia Cup hockey. In addition, the Bangladesh hockey team played 10

practice matches in Haryana. In the history of hockey, Bangladesh has never

had the benefit of such a big camp-practice match outside the country. In a

word, Prince, Rocky, Amirul, Zahid and Abed stepped into Oman after being

fully prepared.

After the team's practice session today (Monday), Bangladesh's Coach Mamun Ur

Rashid and Captain Prince Lal Samanto are very confident about the win

against Oman.

Ahead of the Oman match, Bangladesh team's Head Coach Mamunur Rashid said

they want to take to the field for win and aiming to start the tournament

with victory.

Bangladesh's Captain midfielder Prince Lal Samanto also found positive ahead

of the Oman match.

He said that they have taken well preparation for the tournament having no

injury problem in the team at the moment and everyone is ready to take the

field. "Team's preparations in Oman were also good," Prince Lal added.

He said that if they able to play their natural game, his team have good

chance to win against Oman because compared to the previous results

Bangladesh's winning record against Oman is not bad.

The captain said his team is a much better team than Oman in all aspects

including skill and technique.

The tournament will serve as the Asian qualifier for the 2023 FIH Junior

World Cup, with the top four qualifying, to be held in Kuala Lumpur,

Malaysia.

Ten teams, divided into two pools, with pool A comprising Chinese Taipei,

India, Japan, Pakistan and Thailand while in pool B host Oman will be joined

by Bangladesh, Korea, Malaysia and Uzbekistan.

Each team in the pool stage will play the other four teams in their pool

once. The top two teams from both pools will qualify for the last four while

the teams in third and fourth positions will compete for the 5-8 place

classification.

The teams finishing in the fifth place in both pools will go head-to-head to

avoid finishing in the 10th place.

The losing semi-finalists will play in the bronze medal match, with the two

finalists and the bronze medalists qualifying for the FIH Junior Hockey World

Cup 2023.

Bangladesh will play their remaining group matches against Malaysia,

Uzbekistan and South Korea on May 25, 26 and 28 respectively.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha