New Delhi: National team coach Michael Nobbs has termed the departure of Pakistani players from the Hockey India League a "shame" but said their absence will not affect the quality of play on display as there are a lot of other stars to watch out for.
"It's a shame. Ideally, politics should not be mixed with sports. But unfortunately it is mixed," a visibly disappointed Nobbs said.
Nine Pakistani players were sent back due to simmering tension on the Indo-Pak border over the killing of Indian soldiers.