Exclusive – Foreign team may play in 2019 MHL

EXCLUSIVE

There is a possibility of one foreign team joining the fray for the 2019 Malaysia Hockey League.

In confirming this, Competitions Committee Chairman George Koshy said there was an interest shown by a team from India – SAI – National Hockey Academy (NHA) based in New Delhi.

The National Hockey Academy in New Delhi is a joint venture of the Sports Authority of India and the sports ministry aimed at identifying junior hockey talent and facilitating their holistic development.

“ We have received feelers from them to participate in both the MHL and the knock out tournament,” confirmed Koshy.

“ They have requested some details and we are furnishing then with it.

“ They will have to comply with the tournament regulations as any other team but they will play all matches in KL or another venue within the country of their choice.

“ We hope this will materialise as that will be a big boost to MHL.”

The Indian team is run by Dr. M. P. Ganesh Who is the

CEO & High Performance Director

National Hockey .

Academy.

This is will be the first time a foreign team will participate in the MHL since it’s inception in 1987.

The numbers of teams participating has seen a steady decline over the years and the MHL which is set to commence on January 18 next has 8 trans confirming entries.

The Tan Sri Alagendra Cup knock out competition is expected to start early January before the MHL gets underway.

Prior to this foreign trans used to participate in the Tun Hussein Onn Cup that saw the top four teams of the Tun Razak Cup with others being foreign teams but this was discontinued from 1987 with Punjab Border Security Force being the last winners of the trophy.

The MHL was started in 1987 after the discontinuation of the Champions Club tournament that catered for league champions of the various states.