Just as in the country's other disciplines, women have not been widely involved in hockey due to the absence of regular competitions on the yearly calendar.
To change that trend, the Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) is all set to form a national women's hockey team for the first time in its history. The game's local governing body has also decided to send the said team to participate in the AHF Junior (U-21) Asia Cup Qualifiers in September in Singapore.
“Women's hockey was included during the inaugural Bangladesh Youth Games last year and since then, we have felt that we need to have a women's team. Now we, in association with the Dhaka District Sports Association, are going to hold a training camp from Monday for the girls, who will take part in the AHF Women's (U-21) Asia Cup Qualifiers,” said BHF general secretary Abdus Sadeque at a press conference yesterday.
Last year, a women's team under the banner of 'BHF Eleven' played three friendly matches against a visiting West Bengal women's hockey team, winning two while losing one.
Sports Directorate recently organised a Development Cup hockey tournament with 60 players from four teams taking part and some 35 were picked for the preliminary squad.
The BHF conducted women's hockey competitions four times, albeit irregularly -- in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2018. In the past, there had been some players who played hockey among themselves and different district teams from 1976 to 1980 under the banner of Dhaka Metropolitan XI.