PHL trophy unveiled in Hyderabad

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:47 IST

The trophy for the Premier Hockey League was unveiled in Hyderabad today.

PHL trophy unveiled in Hyderabad

Hyderabad:

The trophy for the Premier Hockey League was unveiled in Hyderabad today. The league features 13 foreign players besides the cream of Indian hockey talent. Most of the foreign players are from Pakistan. Questions raised This has raised questions over whether the tournament, devoid of any major European presence, will benefit Indian players. "The Holland, Germany league sessions happen at this time. So many Europeans could not come at this time," explained Gagan Ajit Singh, Captain, Sher-e-Jalandhar. "But there is good stuff. Players from Pakistan, Malaysia and Escarre, captain of Spain, will be taking part. We will have healthy competition," Singh added. "Whoever is coming, be it Pakistan or Spain, our youngsters will benefit from the experience of playing with them," said Dilip Tirkey, Captain, Hyderabad Sultans. New format The new playing format of the game will have four quarters of 17 minutes 30 seconds instead of the traditional two halves. Players say that may bring the much needed pace to domestic hockey. "In international hockey, the foreign coaches use the rolling substitution to roll players. Players give everything in the 10-15 minutes. The time-outs will be a good experience for us,'' said Viren Rasquinha, Captain, Maratha Warriors. Purists, however, argue that while the Kerry Packer version of Indian hockey will be good for television viewing, it still does not address the sport's basic problem. The policy of compulsorily retiring seniors and bringing in juniors has not paid off and the game of musical chairs among the coaches has only complicated matters.

Topics : Hockey
Related Articles
Junior Hockey World Cup: India Continue Winning Run, Beat England 5-3
Junior Hockey World Cup: India Continue Winning Run, Beat England 5-3
Japan Junior Hockey Team Shocked After Being Threatened by Goons in Lucknow
Japan Junior Hockey Team Shocked After Being Threatened by Goons in Lucknow
Junior Hockey World Cup: India Look to Carry on Winning Momentum vs England
Junior Hockey World Cup: India Look to Carry on Winning Momentum vs England
Show Comments
Advertisement