Hockey India League player auction postponed

The new Hockey India League live player auction has been postponed, consequently pushing back the tournament start date by two weeks.

Due to the unavailability of some of the league coaches, Hockey India have shifted the dates of the player auction to December 16.

It was initially meant to be held this month but several coaches are tied up with the FIH Champions Trophy in Melbourne and were unable to participate in the live auction.

Hockey's answer to cricket's Twenty20 IPL will now take place from January 17 to February 17, having been slated to start on January 5.

Nine men's Black Sticks are up for auction in which six, city-based franchises will bid for around 100 international players.

Black Sticks' captain Dean Couzins, Shea McAleese, Simon Child, Phil Burrows, Steve Edwards, Andy Hayward, Nick Wilson, Hugo Inglis and Hamish McGregor have all signed up for the competition - tipped as ''a new source of income for the world's best players''.

The fledgling venture will be operated by Hockey India and sanctioned by the International Hockey Federation.
Each franchise will have 24 players, comprising of 14 Indian and 10 foreign players.

Fairfax Media