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.
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 →
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)
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 →
17 July 2013: Hero Hockey India League today announced the appointment of Todd Faulds as its Director Competitions. The second edition of the Hero HIL will be played from 23 January – 23 February 2014, while in the first edition (14 January – 10 February 2013) of the league Englishmen Steve Catton served as Competitions Director.
Todd Faulds, Director Competitions, Hero Hockey India League
Faulds is currently representing Hockey Australia on Continental Federation Committees and has also been Project Administrator at Sports Technology International in 2010 and Business Developer at Grassports Australia in 2009. Faulds also worked as a coach of the numerous Club teams in Australia for more than 9 years and during this period he worked with Mentone Club, Hawthorn Club, Old Aquinians Club etc. As a player, he represented Western Australia (U-21), Victoria (U-21) and Camberwell. Continue reading →
7 June 2013: After the successful inaugural edition of the Hero HIL, Hockey India today announced the dates for 2nd edition of the tournament Hero Hockey India League 2014. The month long second edition will be played from Thursday 23 January 2014 with the final on Sunday 23 February 2014.
The first edition was won by the Ranchi Rhinos in front of a packed stadium in Ranchi, which was telecasted in 146 countries across the globe.
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