Meherpur, Narail to play 31st Nat’l Hockey opener

Meherpur, Narail to play 31st Nat’l Hockey opener

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Dhaka – Meherpur district team will face Narail in the opening match of the 31st National Hockey Tournament at Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium on Thursday.In the opening day’s other matches, Patuakhali will face Khulna while Air Force meet Rajshahi and Navy play against Gazipur at the same venue.A total of 32-team, split in eight groups, will take part in the tournament, sponsored by ATN Bangla.On completion of the 48-match involving group stage battles, top eight teams from each group will qualify the quarterfinals.The selection committee members of the Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) will work as watchdog to pick up talented players for national team from the tournament.Tournament committee secretary Mahbub Ehsan Rana disclosed the details in a press conference at the BHF Office on Wednesday.BHF General Secretary Abdus Sadek, its joint secretary Anvir Adil Khan, vice president Abdur Rashid Sikder and Khaza Rahmatullah, among others, were present on the occasion.UNB news agency

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