New Delhi: Fifty-nine overseas players, including 27 Olympians have signed up for the Mini Players Auction / Closed Bid, which is scheduled on November 18 here for the next two editions of the Hockey India League (HIL).
Hockey India (HI) secretary general and HIL chairman, Narinder Batra said players from 12 countries have made themselves available for the auction.
“We are happy that players from 12 countries besides Indians have made themselves available for the Mini Players Auction/Closed Bid for HIL,” he said.
“We are also pleased that maximum number of players from world champion Australia and Argentina will be part of the auction,” Batra informed.
Malaysian defender Azlan Misron is the most experienced player with 317 caps in the list of overseas players, who had signed for the auction. He participated in the Commonwealth Games 2010 (bronze), Asian Games 2010 (silver) and other major events including Asia Cup and Champions Challenge.
Korean defender Jongho Seo who was member of the national team in four Olympics Games 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, three World Cups 2002, 2006, 2010, seven Champions Trophy 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2009 and three Asian Games 2002, 2006, 2010 is also set to join the league.
Jongho Seo has a vast experience in the Korean side and represented his country in 300 international matches.
New Zealand’s, who has also signed up, midfielder Ryan Archibald has played in 280 internationals. (PTI)