The Bangladesh national hockey team's quest to defend the title of the Asian Games Qualifiers will get underway tonight when they take on Thailand in a Pool A encounter in Muscat.
Bangladesh are the second-ranked side in the eight-team tournament after hosts Oman, who are tipped as the main threat for Bangladesh. The affair against Thailand is not expected to pose any significant threat to the men in red and green, who handed tonight's opponents a big defeat in the 2014 Asian Games Qualifiers in Dhaka.
Bangladesh had nearly two months of preparation at home and ahead of their departure captain Rasel Mahmud Jimmy said his side would use the Pool A matches to fine tune their combinations and execute the game plan.
Mahbub Harun's charges also had a good practice match against Kazakhstan yesterday, handing an easy 5-0 defeat to the central Asian side with captain Jimmy, Khorshed and Rabby scoring one goal each while Hasan Jubiar Niloy struck twice in the one-sided affair.
"Today, we had a good practice session and all players are ready to play tomorrow's match, In Sha Allah, we will win the match against Thailand," said coach Mahbub Harun.