Seasoned players Sardar Singh and Sandeep Singh followed up on their threat and withdrew from the national camp for the Asian Champions Trophy, leaving for their respective homes in the wee hours on Tuesday.
As reported by HT, the two players cited urgent personal work and family matters as the reason for pulling out of the camp.
“They said they have to settle some personal matters which required their presence at home and therefore withdrew from the camp," said a source.
Sardar Singh said he has returned home because of some personal work. "There are some personal matters that required my presence so I have informed the officials and returned home."
However, their abrupt withdrawal from the camp has caused a flutter in the camp as the duo had informed some of their friends that they were leaving because they were not happy with the treatment meted out to them.
Some members of the coaching staff are also questioning Sardar and Sandeep's attitude towards the sport. "If there were some issues, they should have spoken to us or with Hockey India officials and conveyed the correct picture. This way they are putting personal matters above the country and it not a very good example for the youngsters,” said a squad member on condition of anonymity.
The entire controversy has also brought into focus camp-coordinator SS Grewal's role as it now emerges that the two players had an argument with him before the discussion with chief coach Michael Nobbs.