The Hokey India League has been a huge success and has gained a lot of popularity for the sport. One of the reasons for its success has been the interest shown by fellow sportsmen from different sport in the league. The HIL teams are mostly owned by players and celebrities and this has given a lot of popularity to the game.
However, the Hockey India League has now fallen into turmoil as the Indian ODI skipper MSD has come out and said that the dues to be paid to the franchise are not paid by the governing body. MSD owns the Ranchi Rays team from his home town. They were victorious in the competition last February and are still to receive 2-3 crore rupees from the authorities.
Suresh Raina, Indian middle order batsman, also owns a team in the HIL. The Uttar Pradesh Wizards in owned by Raina and it is said that his team has also not received similar sums from the administration and that they were still pending.
The HIL is organized by the International Hockey Federation in India. They are responsible for any payment to be made to the franchises. They were supposed to finish the final phase of payment before the start of the final match but have failed to do so and the dues have not been cleared yet.
A Belgium national team hockey player has come out and made a remark that many players have not received their payments from the league. However, he said that not many have chosen to come out and ask for it in a fear of losing their place in the national team. He is all set to play in the semi final of the Hockey World League later in the week.
Both the Ranchi Rays and the UP Wizards are teams that are co-owned by the Sahara Group and with the number of ventures the group has, it is hard to believe that there has been an issue with the payments to players.