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Dec 15, 2012 at 11:07am IST

The ABC of Hockey India League players' auction

New Delhi: The history of Indian hockey is going to turn a new leaf with the Hockey India League (HIL) as it is going to trend on social media 2013 onwards and during the players' auction on Sunday. However, the fate of the sixth franchise remains uncertain 24 hours before the auction.

The ballroom at The Lalit hotel in the capital is supposed to be set abuzz by six city franchises, but as sources told IBNLive on Saturday, the Bangalore franchise remains unsold. However, the auction will go ahead, with the sixth owner to be duly compensated unless the franchise is sold in the eleventh hour before the auction.

The owners will come ready with their think-tank and a list of players to bid for in front pocket. The city-based model and players going under the hammer with a pre-decided base price clearly indicates that cricket's Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to have a cousin called HIL.

The ABC of Hockey India League players' auction

All that you want to know about Hockey India's FIH-backed initiative based on the tried and tested city-based model of cricket's IPL.

The razzmatazz began with the unveiling of the league's logo and brand ambassadors - Sardar Singh and Australia's Jamie Dwyer - in September. Hockey India has been preparing ground since then in the run-up to the auction and the league that starts dribbling from January 17, 2013.

With ESPN STAR Sports to broadcast the event for the first five years and International Hockey Federation (FIH) providing a window for the League in its calendar, the HIL has a firm ground to build its launchpad on.


1. Lucknow: Sahara India Pariwar lived up to its reputation of a staunch supporter of Indian sports by being the first to come forward and buy a franchise.

2. Punjab: Jaypee Group joined the HIL family by becoming the owner of Punjab franchise.

3. Ranchi: Jharkhand will be the third team in the HIL, owned by the Patel-Uniexcel Group.

4. Delhi: The late business magnate Ponty Chaddha's Wave Group bought the Delhi franchise and will continue to support the league even after the tragic and unfortunate demise of its owner.

5. Mumbai: The Burman family, promoters of Dabur India Ltd., have bought the Mumbai franchise.

6. Bangalore: Unsold.


Just like at the inception of IPL, each HIL franchise will have a marquee player. These players are:

1. Sardar Singh (India)

2. Sandeep Singh (India)

3. SV Sunil (India)

4. Jamie Dwyer (Australia)

5. Teun de Nooijer (Netherlands)

6. Moritz Fuertse (Germany)


Total Players: 246

Purse for one franchise: $643000

Each franchise can buy: 24 players for 3 years

Maximum bid amount: $58,700

Minimum base price of an Indian player: $2800

Minimum base price of a foreign player: $5000


- The franchise owners will make silent bids for each of the six marquee players before the actual auction begins. Hockey India will then reveal which marquee player will lead which franchise based on the maximum bids by all the owners.

- Each round of main action will involve bidding for 10 defenders, 10 forwards and 10 midfielders.

- 25 goalkeepers will be auctioned in together in the first round.

HOT INDIAN PICKS (with base price)

Sardar Singh: $27,800

Sandeep Singh: $27,800

Bharat Chhetri: $18,500

Gurbaj Singh: $18,550

Shivdendra Singh: $18,550

PR Sreejesh: $13,900

Ignace Tirkey: $13,900

Danish Mujtaba: $13,900

VR Raghunath: $13,900

Gurwinder Singh Chandi: $13,900

SV Sunil: $13,900

Tushar Khandker: $13,900

Sarvanjit Singh: $13,900

HOT FOREIGN PICKS (with base price)

Jamie Dwyer (Australia): $25,000

Take Taekema (Netherlands): $25,000

Moritz Fuertse (Germany): $25,000

Teun De Nooijer (Netherlands): $25,000

Glenn Turner (Australia): $25,000

Pol Amat (Spain): $25,000

Floris Evers (Netherlands): $25,000

Oliver Korn (Germany): $25,000

Ramon Alegre (Spain): $25,000

David Alegre (Spain): $25,000

Ashley Jackson (England): $25,000

Mahmood Rashid (Pakistan): $25,000

Dean Couzins (New Zealand): $25,000

Liam De Young (Australia): $25,000

Imran Mohammad (Australia): $25,000

Pirmin Blaak (Netherlands): $20,000

Jaap Stockmaann (Netherlands): $20,000

Fransisco Cortes (Spain): $20,000

Mark Knowles (Australia): $20,000

Austin Smith (South Africa): $20,000

Mohammad Rizwan Sr (Pakistan): $20,000

Simon Child (New Zealand): $20,000

Luke Doerner (Australia): $20,000

The league runs from January 17 to February 17, 2013.