The cash-rich Hockey India League (HIL) will be held from January 1 to 30 next year will have all the top international stars and Indian players battling it out for six-city based franchises.
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has already okayed a 30-day window at the beginning of next year so that all top players can participate in the meet. The players will also have an IPL-style auction in September.
“The FIH has given clearance for one month next year during which no international event will be held. This has been done so that top players like Jamie Dwyer, Teun de Nooijer are free from any international engagements,” Hockey India secretary general Narinder Batra said.
According to Batra, they are already in the process of locking in players who will sign a contract with HI.
“We have 96 top Indian players (48 senior India probables and 48 junior India probables) who would be a part of the auctions.”