Six Indian players yet to get departmental clearance to play in Hockey India League

Sunil, Ignace and Sukhdev have been picked up Jaypee Punjab Warriors in the players' auction, while Rao and Jasrotia will represent Mumbai Magicians. Lavdeep will turn out for Delhi Waveriders in January 14 to February 10 five-team franchise-based event.

updated: January 11, 2013 23:38 IST
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New Delhi: Six players, including India forward S V Sunil, gaolkeeper PT Rao and and veteran defender Ignace Tirkey, are among six players who are yet to get clearance from their respective departments to play in the inaugural Hockey India League, starting next week.

Coincidentally, all the six players are from Services Sports Control Board. While Sunil, Rao, Tirkey and Jonny Jasrotia are in the payroll of Army, two other players Sukhdev Singh and Lavdeep Singh are employed with Indian Air Force.

According to a top Hockey India official, the letters seeking permission for all the six players to play in the league were sent to their respective departments just after the HIL players' auction on December 16 last year.

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