This post was most recently updated on July 27th, 2019
On earlier occasion, India Hockey Federation began World Series Hockey, but it wasn’t approved so it became difficult for them to manage tournament. Now, Hockey India League, with approval from International Hockey Federation, will be commencing soon by Hockey India. In each team there should be 24 players, from them 14 Indians and the rest from foreign. Huijer is the brand ambassador of this Hockey India League.
With changing of times the meaning of also been changing , as it is slowly moving from amateur sports to that of more professional sports and with the increasing modern concepts , it has now reached to the stage where it has been commercialized to tune of spectators and audiences.
You might speak that it could have been the influence from outside or that from any other side of it, may be more of commercialization of sports , where the advertisers and companies now reaching to the tune of direct entry into sports , but the sports is changing and that too for some right reasons. It is true that no one wish to find the good and bad side of sport as they want entertainment and they wanted it to see it excel at any cost, the more cut throat competition to the tune of excellence where the game has never changed and in this way the more it gave to one that is fast becoming the more excellence in proposition and in anticipation making it successful.
If at one point of time , it becomes successful then you can find it that both players as well as institutions gained through it , no doubt this game is changing and with changing time it is fast becoming more royal and wonderful institution to deal with it. Some say due to playing in Indian Premier League , players are now tired and for this their performances in test cricket is on the down slide , may be it is right but I think , India cricket is in a transition stage and in this stage it is undergoing the phase where , big stalwarts like Sachin Tendulkar , Rahul Dravid , vvs laxman , virender sehwag , Ganguly are slowly fading away from the scene and it did happen to mighty Caribbean’s , Australia and now India , so the fans should not be worry about it and they should not be perturbed by the criticisms all around it as we are in the transition stage of our team and in this stage any win that come along should be cheered and generate more good wishes for team .
Surprised , that in the last one day international against Pakistan , India won a thriller and it was a damn good match where we had seen some very good cricket in making , and it is sheer thrill and anticipation that is making people to cheer about , but one English former cricketer said some bad things about the match , and that is not true , and it seemed that now many English former players blindly supporting their team ,for whatever reasons , might be trying to show their solidarity against their team but that was not warranted . Now it is commercialization starting out with Hockey team as they had not done enough in international circuit as their past glory simply not been their but still , it is time for them to be richer and compete and partner with good players and learn professional sports with it so that ultimately they could play brilliantly.
One more possibility could have been that with this competitive tournament, new players could emerge and teams also found out some other regions and they also recruit and in this way India could find another great player, so plenty of positives out there. At one point time, many countries felt proud to play with India but now that is not the case, with continuous falling performances, Indian Hockey trying to search for its identity now. It is a sad time for Indian Hockey and during this trying time, Hockey India League came into picture and this should be good for India in the long terms, if it succeed in financial and marketing terms. Many brilliant players all around the world should be playing in this tournament and in this tournament naturally there should be many players from India and for this, they should be get the real opportunities to play more with best players in the world and they should be learning plenty from it and in this way they could enhance their playing capacities and in this way their performances should also be increased.
It is true that, in this tournament there should not be any kind of traditional hockey which India had played for many years and with other foreign players there should be more and more beautiful game of hockey style would be in the presentation for audiences and with it they should be getting brilliant display of play that could never have happened in the first place. Indian Hockey pundits admired this move and they are telling that this is good for hockey India as players would learn many hockey techniques with it and with it the more professional oriented game play would be in action. India should gain immensely from this tournament and with it India could advance to more upwards in the world hockey arena otherwise India could stay as it is now if this would not have happened at the first place.
Today India’s hockey house is a divided house, with one faction is Hockey federation and the other is Hockey India . Government approved Hockey India . INTERNATIONAL ICE HOCKEY FEDERATION wants both units to be one, but this is not happening. On earlier occasion, India Hockey Federation began World Series Hockey, but it was not approved so it became difficult for them to manage tournament. Now, Hockey India League, with approval from International Hockey Federation, will be commencing soon by Hockey India. This tournament will be played from January 14 to February 10 in and around five cities and this should be a professional tournament.
There were auction and professional companies bought five companies, the name of franchises were as follows.
- Delhi wave riders
- Uttar Pradesh Wizards
- Punjab Warriors
- Ranchi Rhinos
- Mumbai Magicians
All five teams should be playing 34 matches, every team should be playing with other team’s two matches, and according to points four teams should be in semifinal, and then on February 10, will be final. Semi final and final should be played in Ranchi. In each team there should be 24 players, from them 14 Indians and the rest from foreign.
Every franchise bought players through auction and from India Sardar Singh highest paid auction player with 78,000 dollars, and Nuijer from Netherlands who is highest capped player, is highest paid foreign player with 66,000 dollars. Huijer is the brand ambassador of this Hockey India League. Two wheeler company Hero Motocorp. Hero Motor is principal sponsor of this tournament.