Hockey: ACT dates now puts question mark on SASC, MHL

Perak HA could find themselves in a quandary following the release of dates for the Asian Champions Trophy by the Asian Hockey Federation .

With the Asian Champions Trophy announced for March 11 to 18, this inadvertently puts a spanner into local competitions as well as the Azlan Shah Cup.

Sukma will also clash with the ACT thus denying many junior players from gaining experience in Dhaka as Sukma is set for 6-14 March next year.

Normally the Malaysian Hockey League is held from January to March.

Hence the national team will not have a long period of preparation

With Hari Raya and Ramadan slated for May 18 and April 18, these 45 days are largely unplayable.

So realistically the option open to Perak HA is in June but they need to bear in mind Olympics are in July so the top countries may not come.

With the postponed Pro League to run from September 22 to 22 June next year, this blocks of crucial months for Perak HA who in reality have been fast asleep since calling off the event this year,

On the other hand their counterparts Johor Hockey Association have been proactive.

Johor HA has set the dates for the 10th edition as September 5-12, 2021.

And remarkably Great Britain, India and Australia have already booked their places with Malaysia as hosts.

Another two places will be a toss up between Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and Belgium, all of whom have showed interest.

The SOJC was moved forward in anticipation of the Asia Cup in October next year.

The Asia Cup serves as a qualifier for the 2023 World Cup with there places available , assuming India as the World Cup hosts finish amongst the top 3 at the Asia Cup.

So now there is eager anticipation for the Junior Asia Cup, both men and women.

Looking at the possibilities it could well be held either side n January or June, in Dhaka and Japan.

A packed 6 months calendar is certain for Hockey next year and early planning by Perak HA and the national body could have ensured a well planned domestic Hockey calendar.