The National Team Management Committee, Hockey Confederation of Malaysia (MHC) through its Committee Chairman, Dato ‘Ahmad Najmi Abdul Razak confirmed that after almost two years no tour series could be arranged for the National Senior Men’s Squad due to the Covid-19 Pandemic outbreak, Arulselvaraj’s squad eventually going to London, United Kingdom, on the collaboration between KHM and Great Britain Hockey.
The National Squad will leave in the early morning of September 19 and will be in the United Kingdom until October 22, 2021 for the United Kingdom Tour Series 2021.
According to Dato ‘Ahmad Najmi, a total of 23 players will participate in this tour series including three goalkeepers, seven players defense, eight players in midfield and five players on the offensive side.
From the list of 23 players that will travel for the United Kingdom Tour Series, three players that have been selected are those who previously represented the National Men’s Special Project Squad, namely Muhammad Shafiq Hassan (defense), Shello Silverius (striker) and Muhammad Azrai Aizad Abu Kamal (striker) .
“A total of 10 matches have been arranged for the national squad during their stay there. This includes four matches against club teams and seven matches against national teams such as Ireland, Wales, and France, “explained Dato ‘Ahmad Najmi.
The match will also be used by Arulselvaraj to assess the performance of his coaching squad including seeing where his team’s level is so far.
Apart from that, the United Kingdom Tour Series is also used as one of the national squad’s preparation series for the upcoming 2022 Asian Cup Hockey Championship which is also offers qualifying berth for the 2023 Hockey World Cup.
The following is a list of 23 players who have been named for the 2021 United Kingdom Tour Series
1. MUHAMMAD HAFIZUDDIN B. OTHMAN
2. ADRIAN ANDY ALBERT
3. MOHAMMAD HAIRI B. ABDUL RAHMAN
4. MUHAMMAD RAZIE B. ABDUL RAHIM
5. MUHAMMAD MARHAN B. MOHD JALIL
7. SYED MOHAMAD SYAFIQ B. SYED CHOLAN
8. MUHAMMAD AMINUDDIN B. MOHD ZAIN
19. MUHAMMAD AZRI B. HASSAN
10. MUHAMMAD NAJMI FARIZAL B. JAZLAN
11. MUHAMMAD SHAFIQ B. HASSAN
12. NIK MUHAMMAD AIMAN B. NIK ROZEMI
13. FAIZ HELMI B. JALI
14. MUHAMAD RAMADAN B. ROSLI
15. MOHAMAD ASHRAN B. HAMSANI
17. MEOR MUHAMMAD AZUAN B. HASSAN
16 ZULPIDAUS B. MIZUN
17. MUHAMMAD NAJIB B. ABU HASSAN
18. FAIZAL B. SAARI
19. NORSYAFIQ B. SUMANTRI
20. MUHAMMAD FIRHAN B. ASHAARI
21. MUHAMMAD SHAHRIL B. SAABAH
22. SHELLO SILVERIUS
23. MUHAMMAD AZRAI AIZAD B. ABU KAMAL
The following is the match schedule for the 2021 United Kingdom Tour Series :
|1.||Malaysia Lwn Old Georgians H.C||26 September||St. Georges College|
|2.||Malaysia Lwn Surbiton H.C||28 September||Surbiton Club|
|3.||Malaysia Lwn Hampstead & Westminster H.C||29 September||Paddington Recreation club|
|4.||Malaysia Lwn Beeston H.C||1 Oktober||Nottingham Hockey Centre|
|5.||Malaysia Lwn Ireland||5 Oktober||Lisnagarvey|
|6.||Malaysia Lwn Ireland||6 Oktober||Lisnagarvey|
|7.||Malaysia Lwn Wales||9 Oktober||Wales Hockey Centre|
|8.||Malaysia Lwn Wales||12 Oktober||Reading Hockey Club|
|9.||Malaysia Lwn France||15 Oktober||Wales Hockey Centre|
|10.||Malaysia Lwn France||18 Oktober||Wales Hockey Centre|