Indian skipper Sardar Singh wants Pakistan players to play in HIL
Current Indian hockey captain Sardar Singh and former skipper Ajit Pal Singh Monday said that Pakistani players should be allowed to play in Hockey India League(HIL).
The duo, however, added that the decision to allow the Pakistan players is an administrative issue and HIL officials should follow the Indian government’s order regarding it.
“Pakistan have good players and they should be allowed to play in the HIL. Good players need to play in the league. But I also understand the situation and one must follow the government’s stand on it,” Sardar said.
Ajit Pal also echoed Sardar’s sentiments and said that India and Pakistan should play bilateral series’ to promote the sport.
“As a sportsman, I would say they should be allowed. But one must understand the situation,” Ajit Pal said.
Nine Pakistani players were part of the first edition of HIL in 2013 but had to leave the country before the start of the tournament following protests from a few political organisations.
Since then, they have not taken part in the league, owing to political tensions between the two countries.