New Delhi: Hockey India will go the Indian cricket board's way and if its affiliates fall in line the next national championship will be played in two tiers, like the Ranji Trophy's Elite and Plate Divisions, with promotion and relegation of teams every year.
Hockey India (HI) general secretary Narinder Batra says the idea is to make the championship more competitive and not a routine annual affair of teams coming together. If he has his way the next national will divided into two groups on the basis of the performance here.
"Since the national championship is being played after such a long time we had no way of assessing the strengths of the teams to seed them. After this tournament we will seed the teams for the next championships. We want to divide the teams into two tiers. The top two teams from the Plate Division will be promoted to the Elite Group while the two bottom-placed teams from the top tier will be relegated to the Plate," Batra said.