A total of 135 Indian and 142 foreign players will go under the hammer when the players auction for the fourth edition of the Hockey India League (HIL) gets underway at city hotel here on September 17.
Debutants Ranchi Rays will face season's most consistent team Jaypee Punjab Warriors in the summit clash of the third Hero Hockey India League after both teams registered contrasting wins in their respective semifinals here on Saturday.
Captain Ashley Jackson scored a brilliant hat-trick, including two stunning goals in the dying moments, as Ranchi Rays recorded an upset 3-2 win over Punjab Warriors in a thrilling match of the Hero Hockey India League here today.
England dragflicker Ashley Jackson was on Thursday named as the captain of the new Ranchi franchise, Ranchi Rays, co-owned by Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the third edition of the Hero Hockey India League.
While he has no regrets choosing hockey over the more lucrative cricket, England hockey star Ashley Jackson called for more tournaments like the Hockey India League (HIL) which help players like him to earn a decent living.