Bangladesh play Korea today
Bangladesh begin their 6th Junior Asia Cup hockey campaign today when they take on South Korea in the inaugural match in Hyderabad.
The Under-21 hockey team reached Hyderabad on Wednesday hoping to clinch the fifth place in the eight-team tournament although they only had five days of preparation. In the last meet in Pakistan in 2004, Bangladesh finished sixth.
The Bangladesh senior team, however, have a poor record against South Korea as they conceded defeats on all previous occasions except a draw. The defeats included a 0-14 drubbing in the Bangkok Asian Games in 1998.
Assistant manager of Bangladesh team Yousuf Ali informed the Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) over telephone that all the players of Bangladesh team except skipper Russell Mahmud Jimmy are in sound condition. Jimmy vomited several times, but the striker expects to play today if his condition does not deteriorate.
Bangladesh, placed in Group B with South Korea, Pakistan and Oman, will play their second group match against Oman on July 13 and the third match against Pakistan on July 14.
Group A comprises hosts India, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore.