New Delhi: Hockey India League on Thursday named midfielder Sardar Singh and drag-flicker Sandeep Singh among six 'Marquee Players' for the December 16 HIL Auction. Apart from the duo, India forward S V Sunil, Australian Jamie Dwyer, Germany's double Olympic gold medallist Moritz Fuertse and Teun de Nooijer from the Netherlands have been included in the list of Marquee Players, a release from HIL stated.
"We are pleased to announce three players each from India and overseas as Marquee Players in the Hockey India League Players' Auction set for December 16," Hockey India secretary general and HIL chairman, Narinder Batra, said. "The six franchises will engage one each of these Marquee Players whose craft makes them huge crowd pullers. The Auction has been designed in such a way that the teams will bid for the Marquee Players before the other players.
"It will ensure that each of the six franchisees will have an equal chance to engage a Marquee Player of its choice," Batra informed. "All teams will place silent bids for all six players and the auctioneer will announce the successful bids." The Marquee Players will be available in Delhi to join their respective franchises during the auction that will follow.
"It will enable them become a part of their respective team's think-tank as soon as they are inducted in the squad," Batra said. Each team's Marquee Player will get a contract worth at least 115 per cent of the highest successful bid for a player in the auction. However, if the silent bid is worth more than this amount, the player will be entitled to get the amount mentioned in the silent bid, the release added.