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India plans to give hockey the IPL treatment

The Times of India reports from Mumbai that moves are afoot for a big-spending city-based superleague in India along the lines of the IPL (Indian Premier League) in cricket. Each team’s budget could be several crores (1 crore = 10 million rupees or about £145,000) with players earning up to 10 lakhs each (one million rupees or £14,500)

The Times of India reports from Mumbai that moves are afoot for a big-spending city-based superleague in India along the lines of the IPL (Indian Premier League) in cricket. Each team’s budget could be several crores (1 crore = 10 million rupees or about £145,000) with players earning up to 10 lakhs each (one million rupees or £14,500)
The TOI says it has learnt of plans for the league that could be launched in the second half of 2011. A leading television network, which also holds the rights to broadcast Indian cricket, has joined hands with the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) to help organise and promote the league, which will have as many as ten teams.
“It’s a mega project and they have already signed a host of players. It’s a great boost for not just us Indian players, but foreigners as well,” informed a player, who recently signed a contract for the same.
Sources informed TOI that as many as 50 Indian players have been roped in and those in the top bracket could well be receiving Rs 10 lakhs per year. “Some of these players have already been paid a signing amount of Rs 1 lakh each,” he revealed.
The league will be played on a home and away basis under lights across several cities in India and televised live. Almost everything is on lines of the defunct Premier Hockey League except there will be more teams.
Foreign players have shown their willingness to be a part of the league and the likes of Australian Jamie Dwyer and Argentinian Jorge Lombi are expected to join in. There is no word though on the inclusion of players from Pakistan.

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