Jalandhar: Hockey India's decision to send back Pakistani players due to cross-border conflict has been termed as "unfortunate" by Uttar Pradesh Wizards' Dutch coach Roelant Oltmans, who feels the Hockey India League will certainly lose its sheen with the departure of the visitors.
"They should not have been sent back from the league. It's an unfortunate development not only for the league but for world hockey. Our team did not feature any Pakistani player but with other franchises releasing them, the HIL will certainly lose its sheen," Oltmans told PTI Bhasha after his team's practice session at the Surjit Hockey Stadium here.
After protests by Shiv Sena and other right-wing outfits disrupted the Mumbai Magicians' training session and the first match of the league following the killing of two Indian soldiers by the Pakistan Army on January 8, the Hockey India on Tuesday decided to send back all the nine Pakistani players taking part in the tournament.