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Women’s team make international return after four years with defeat

Bangladesh lost to Indonesia 7-4 with Orpita Pal scoring 3 field goals for the women in red and green and Airin Riya netting the other

Update : 25 Aug 2023, 09:44 PM

Bangladesh women’s hockey team made a return to the international arena after nearly four years when they began their Women’s Hockey five-a-side Asia Cup campaign with a defeat to Indonesia in Salalah, Oman Friday.

Bangladesh lost the game 7-4 with Orpita Pal scoring three field goals for the women in red and green and Airin Riya netting the other.

They will face Chinese Taipei in their second match of the tournament, which is also a World Cup qualifier, at 8pm Bangladesh time on the same day.

Ten countries – split into two groups – are competing in the qualifying round of the women’s competition which will continue till Monday.

Bangladesh were placed in Challengers Pool with Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, Indonesia, Iran and hosts Oman while India, Japan, Malaysia and Thailand make up the Elite Pool.

Bangladesh will play their remaining matches against Iran and hosts Oman Saturday and face Hong Kong in the last group game Sunday.

Three teams from the qualifying round will advance to the World Cup Hockey.

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