Hosts Bangladesh have been placed in the tough Group A of the 10-nation Bangabandu Under-21 Junior Asia Cup Hockey scheduled for January 21-30 at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium in Dhaka.
Defending champions India, runners up Pakistan, 3rd ranked South Korea, Chinese Taipei and hosts Bangladesh were placed in strong group A while Japan, Malaysia, China, Uzbekistan and Singapore were put in comparatively easier group B.
Asian Hockey Federation included Singapore in the last moment as Oman withdrew their name.
Bangladesh reached the quarter final of the meet in Malaysia in 2015 beating Oman by 5-4 goals, South Korea 2-0 and lost to Pakistan by 1-3 goals in group stage.
In the quarterfinal, Bangladesh conceded a 0-3 defeat against Japan while suffered a crushing 0-8 goals defeat against hosts Malaysia in a place-deciding match.
Meanwhile, all primarily selected 37 players of Bangladesh Junior Hockey team gave their sample for Covid-19 tests alongwith team officials and support staffs on Monday to join the residential camp beginning on Friday at BAF Base Bangabandhu here.