KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysia Hockey League and Razak Cup will be used to select a brand new national team.
Newly-appointed national coach Paul Revington has told the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) to encourage all the national players, seniors and juniors, to play in both the tournaments so that he can make his selection.
Revington wants to have a good look at the players before naming the training squad of 25 players.
MHC secretary Johari Abdul Aziz said it is important that all the current national players put themselves on display in the tournaments.
“This is a fresh start as the coach wants to view the talent available. In that sense, the MHL and the Razak Cup will be part of the selection process. The coach will start work in August after the Olympics. But he is in communication with us,” he added.
The MHL is slated to start on Sept 1 and end on Oct 10. The Razak Cup is scheduled for Oct 14-21 in Kuantan.
The national senior team have two major assignments this year. They are the FIH Champions Challenge 1 in Argentina from Nov 24-Dec 2 and the six-team Asian Champions Trophy in Doha from Dec 14-23.
Defending champions India will start as the favourites in Doha while the others in the fray are Malaysia, Pakistan, South Korea, China and Japan.
The inaugural tournament was held in Ordos, Mongolia, last year where the Malaysians won the bronze medal.
Johari said since the MHC are commited to playing in both tournaments, it is left to Revington to decide the composition of the teams.
“Of course we would like to see more juniors selected but we leave it to the coach to decide,” he said.
The national juniors have the Sultan of Johor Cup in Johor Baru from Nov 10-18.
Meanwhile, Johari confirmed that Mohamed Rodhanizam Mat Razie and Robert Alcantara have been referred to the disciplinary board for their participation in the unsanctioned World Series in India in March without a release letter.
“My advice to the two players is not to play in the coming tournaments until this matter has been sorted out. We have informed the FIH of our course of action,” he said.