The Premier League-Malaysian Hockey League (MHL) is expected to start in November after all matters are finalised, said president of the Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.
High standards in domestic competition would definitely help the national team performances and this Premier League, if planned well, could lift up hockey to a commendable level in the near future.
"Till now, we are in the process of fine-tuning the league," said Tengku Abdullah (picture) at a news conference after the launch of the UniKL-IBIL hockey team at Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL), Wednesday.
According to Tengku Abdullah with the participation of the UniKL-IBIL team there will be seven teams. However he hoped that another team would be put up for the MHL Premier League.
Earlier, he witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for professional training between UniKL and IBIL (M) Sdn Bhd and Juniper Network Malaysia as well as a MoU and sponsorship documents signing between IBIL and Universal Fitness and Leisure Sdn Bhd (UFL).
There are three qualifying rounds for the World Cup that will be held in Lille, France from Oct 31-Nov 8 and Invercargill, New Zealand from Nov 7-15. In another development, Tengku Abdullah said the MHF had established a discipline committee at the MHF meeting on July 18.
"The issue of players' discipline (that received admonition from the National Sports Council) will be deliberated on by the committee and disciplinary action may be taken against them," he said.
It is understood that two hockey players had flouted rules when training at the NSC in June in preparation for the Champions Challenge II in Dublin, Ireland that was on July 6-12.