Mumbai, July 1 -- Former hockey players, coaches and officials criticised on Tuesday Mumbai Hockey Association's (MHA) decision to accept Hockey India's directive and become a district unit of Hockey Maharashtra, which will no longer allow the city unit to field its own teams in the national championships.

As a separate entity, over 100 players-male as well as female-represented Mumbai across various age groups in the national championship.

"It is a huge setback to hockey in Mumbai as aspiring players will now get limited chances to participate in nationals," Olympian Merwyn Fernandis said. "Merging the teams from Maharashtra and Mumbai, we had 36 players in each event and now it will be 18."

Joaquim Carvalho, former India player and coa...