Mumbai: Eight Pakistan players, including
former captain and Global `All Star` forward Rehan Butt, have
signed up for the USD 2 million prize money World Series
Hockey (WSH) to be held in eight Indian cities from December
15 this year to January 22, 2012.
The seven others, including two other ex-skippers, are
defender Zeeshan Ashraf, seasoned campaigner Mudassar Ali,
Tariq Aziz, midfielder Adnan Maqsood, half back Waseem Ahmad,
Pakistan`s most capped player, drag-flicker Syed Imran Warsi
and striker Shakeel Abbasi, said a media release from WSH.
Between them the Pakistanis have played over 1600
"I am honoured to be a captain of one of the teams. World
Series Hockey will see a face off between the best
international and Indian players and I am proud to be a part
of this prestigious and highly anticipated event" said Butt,
who has been named as captain of one of the eight city-based
The cash-rich league, a joint venture between the Indian
Hockey Federation (IHF) and Nimbus Sport, has signed top
international players from all over the world including
countries like Australia, Argentina, Spain, Canada, Ireland,
Malaysia, New Zealand and South Korea.
Some of the top Indian players who would take part
include Rajpal Singh, Sandeep Singh, Adrian D`Souza, Sardar
Singh, Prabhjot Singh, Arjun Halappa, Diwakar Ram, Bharat
Chetri, Dhananjay Mahadik, Shivendra Singh, Mandeep Antil, S V
Sunil, Roshan Minz, William Xalxo and Prabodh Tirkey.
The league would be played in Mumbai, Delhi, Punjab,
Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and two other venues, from among
Bhopal, Pune, Rourkela, Ranchi, Manipur, Lucknow and Kolkata.
Nimbus Sport`s COO Yannick Colaco said the league (not a
sanctioned event of the International Hockey Federation) has
evoked overwhelming response from players around the globe.
"The response from the players and members of the global
hockey fraternity has been overwhelming. The top players from
the international arena including Pakistan have signed
contracts and the league is all geared up to enthral fans with
a spectacular display of skill," he said.