Complete 6 HIL Teams after Closed Bids, UP Wizards paid 81k USD for Ramandeep

Youngsters and Foreign players stole the show at the Hero HIL Closed Bids held today at Hotel the Lalit in New Delhi. In the Hero Hockey India League closed bid, a total of 49 players from Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Argentina, Ireland, England, South Africa and India were bought by the 6 franchises who spent a total of USD 1.37 million.

Ramandeep Singh (Indian Hockey Player)

Ramandeep Singh

Talented Indian Forward Ramandeep Singh was the top pick today and he was bought by UP Wizards by whopping price of USD 81,000, followed by Ryan Archibald of New Zealand who was acquired by Kalinga Lancers for USD 71,000/- while Nikkin Thimmaiah (India) and Trent Mitton (Australia) were bought for USD 59,000/- by UP Wizards and Dabur Mumbai Magicians Respectively.

Out of the total 154, the list of 49 players who were sold in the bid includes 28 Indians and 21 overseas players. The newly introduced franchise Kalinga Lancers from Odisha bought 24 new players while Ranchi Rhinos bought 1 player i.e. England Captain Barry Middleton, Dabur Mumbai Magicians 11 players, Uttar Pradesh Wizards 4 players, Jaypee Punjab Warriors 5 players and Delhi Waveriders 4 players. Continue reading →

Closed Bid of 154 Players for Hero HIL 2014 Tomorrow

New Delhi, 21 November 2013: The Hero Hockey India League Closed Bid 2013 will take place at Hotel The Lalit in New Delhi on 22 November 2013, nearly two months ahead of the second season of Hero HIL, for which 154 players from 14 Countries including 95 Indians and 59 Overseas have made themselves available.

    England's Captain Barry Middleton is also available for the HIL Bid (Credits: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

England’s Captain Barry Middleton is also available for the HIL Bid (Credits: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

Hockey India Secretary General and Hero HIL Chairman Dr Narinder Batra said the Closed Bid would give the franchisees the chance to buy new players to replace permanent withdrawals and complete their squads for the coming season. “The base prices for the players vary from $ 2,600 to $ 25,000” he said.

“Nearly 154 players from 14 countries including 95 from India and 59 overseas have made themselves available for the Closed Bid. The Bid is expected to see a lot of competition between young Indian and overseas players. The second season will be an exciting opportunity for the young and coming talent to leave its mark on the tournament” said Dr. Batra. Continue reading →