After saddening news of Mumbai Magicians and Ranchi Rhinos not being part of Hero Hockey India League anymore, the organizers announced addition of a new team to the League for the upcoming season of the League scheduled for January-February 2015.
Pune will be the new host city to the internationally acclaimed Hero Hockey India League, making it the newest franchise that will compete in the prestigious international event.
There are speculation of Reliance Industries taking over Mumbai Franchise after Dabur group pulled out of the league, while Ranchi Rhinos jointly owned by the Patel-PS Group and Uniexcel Group have also decided say bye to the League.
The Pune franchise has been bought by Anibran Sarkar, owner of the Deccan Water Treatment Pvt. Ltd. The company founded in 1998 subsequently entered in the field of waste water treatment and developed packaged type sewage treatment plant working in India and overseas with the value of the organization said to be nearly 2000 Cr.
Speaking on the announcement Hockey India Secretary-General and Hero Hockey India League Chairman Dr. Narinder Batra said “We welcome Deccan Water Treatment and Mr. Sarkar as the new franchise for next season’s Hockey India League. These are exciting times for us as a new city will be able to witness the International tournament and the amount of people we will be reaching out too will also be more in number.”
Talking about the growth of the sport in the country he said, “With a new franchise coming in and a company like Deccan Water Treatment contributing to the sport, we are moving in the right direction.”
Speaking on owning the PUNE Franchise of Hero HIL, Anibran Sarkar said, “Having closely and sincerely following the developments of Hockey in our country under the leadership of Dr. Narinder Batra, I was very impressed and felt a need to be a part and contribute to the sport”. Having a love and passion for Hockey since his school days in Pune, he says that the city has produced many Hockey Stars for India. “The cradle for Hockey in India has seen stars like Baboo Nimal, Joseph Philips, Dhanraj Pillay, Vikram Pillay and many International and national players and I too grew up like many other Pune boys playing for my school in interschool and Zilla parishad matches with borrowed hockey sticks from friends. Buying the Pune franchise is the just the beginning for a larger and better future for the sport in the country.”
Deccan Water Treatment Pvt. Ltd. is the pioneer in the manufacturing of RO systems for Drinking water specialized for desalination and arsenic removal by reverse osmosis process. Backed by the most modern technology they provide a solution to all water treatment problems under one roof and also have diversified into Solar Energy in 2010. The company has not restricted to a single sector or region as their aim is to reach the remotest of villages for provision of Drinking water and efficient treatment of waste water and its recycling.