The scheduled second round of the player draft for World Series Hockey was held today, with each team strengthening their squads from the pool of players. The first season of WSH starts on the 29th of February.
In this draft, players from Australia, Argentina, Canada, Germany, Malaysia, South Africa & India were picked by the various franchises.
Among the notable picks of the day, Canadian captain Ken Pereira was chosen by Pune Strykers while Australian Mark Harris and Indian Hamza Mujtaba got selected by Chennai Cheetahs. South African Olympian Clyde Abraham was picked by Mumbai Marines while Gagan Ajit Singh, the ace Indian striker, will make his comeback into hockey with Sher-e-Punjab.
See the video and guess, the level of hockey played by the likes of Gagan Ajit Singh, Prabhjot Singh, Deepak Thakur, Viren Rasquina and Dhanraj Pillay, etc who are part of WSH
Gagan Ajit Singh said, “I’m glad to make a comeback through this prestigious league. I truly believe it will start a glorious new era for Indian hockey and I can’t wait to get started for Sher-e-Punjab. It is a team with a great combination of speed and spirit and I’m sure we’ll play entertaining hockey which will make us championship contenders.”
Preeti Pariat Mehta, Event Director, WSH, said, “All the 8 franchises have teams to last an entire season with tough competition for spots in the starting XI. This will ensure that the quality of hockey in the first edition will remain top-notch from start to finish and is fantastic news for the league and our fans”
L T Nanwani, franchise owner of the Chennai Cheetahs, said, “We are extremely happy with our picks. Mark Harris, Davinderpal Singh, Jasbir Singh, Shivamani, B K Muthanna and Hamza Mujtaba are solid players who will add value at crucial stages of the tournament. With outstanding leadership at the top in the form of Jose Brasa & Brent Livermore, coupled with the addition of these players who will merge into a squad full of youth and experience, Chennai Cheetahs is well placed to make a serious challenge for the title”
Players who were drafted into different franchises (all from India unless mentioned):
Bhopal Badshahs: Affan Yousuf, A D Cariappa, Ganendrajit Ningombam, Geowynne Kyle Gamiet (South Africa), Harmanpreet Singh, Karan Bhaskaran, Rajesh Kumar.
Chandigarh Comets: Belsajar Horo, Gurmeet Singh, Harjot Singh, Manpreet Singh.
Chennai Cheetahs: B K Muthanna, Davinderpal Singh, Hamza Mujtaba, Jasbir Singh, Mark Harris (Australia), Shivamani, Gaurav Tokhi.
Delhi Wizards: Gurvinder Singh, Mark Pearson (Canada), Philip Sunkel (Germany), Vikramjeet Singh.
Karnataka Lions: Manpreet Pawar.
Mumbai Marines: Ajmer Singh, Bimal Lakra, Clyde Abrahams (South Africa), Richard Hildreth (Canada), Shanyl Balwanth (South Africa), Troy Sutherland (Australia).
Pune Strykers: Amardeep Ekka, Kenny Pereira (Canada), Lungile Tsolekile (South Africa), Mario Nicolas Almada (Argentina), Amol Baban Bhosale
Sher-e-Punjab: Antoni Kindler (Canada), Gagan Ajit Singh, Gurmail Singh (Sher-e-Punjab), Harpreet Singh, Jasbir Singh, Matthew Hotchkis (Australia), Mohammed Bin Mat Radzi (Malaysia), Simranjit Singh