New Delhi: In the Mini Players Auction or Closed Bid for the Hero Hockey India League, scheduled to take place in the capital on 18 November, will see 95 Indian players up for grabs for the auction for the next two editions of the League.
Hockey India Secretary General and Hero Hockey India League Chairman Dr. Narinder Batra said the quality of competition and success of the inaugural season of the League has created an interest among Indian players who have now signed for the 2013 Mini Auction or Closed Bid of the Hero HIL. We are confident that franchises will complete their teams with the best available Indian talent.
Releasing the list of 95 Indian players who have signed up for the Mini Auction or Closed Bid of the Hero Hockey India League to be held in the capital on 18 November 2013, Dr Batra said the list of players available for the Mini Auction is a combination of young talented and experienced players.
The list of Indians has some young talented players who have recently performed well at various tournaments. Forward Affan Yousuf who was Vice-Captain of the Indian Junior Men's team that won gold medal in the 3rd Sultan of Johar Cup last month. Forward Ramandeep Singh who scored his maiden goal in his debut match at the 9th Men's Asia Cup and six goals in the 3rd Sultan of Johar Cup 2013 has also signed for the players' auction. Goalkeeper Harjot Singh and forward Mohammad Amir Khan are the other young talents who were part of the Junior National Team that won 3rd Sultan of Johar Cup.
Forward Nikkin Thimmaiah who made his debut in the recently concluded 9th Men's Asia Cup in Malaysia and Defender Gurjinder Singh who scored a goal in his maiden debut during FIH World League Round2 early this year are also among the young stellar attractions from domestic players who have signed in their willingness to be featured in the auction.
The list of 95 Indians comprises of 10 Goalkeepers, 16 Defenders, 27 Midfielders and 42 Forwards.